Ontario to consider longer bar hours for royal wedding
Ontario's Attorney General said he would consider requests to expand drinking hours for the royal wedding.
But Chris Bentley said he has yet to be formally asked about extending drinking hours on April 29, the day Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot.
"I haven't seen any request in this regard. I know we are all looking forward to the royal wedding, there is a sense of excitement brewing," Bentley said when asked by CTV Toronto's Paul Bliss on Tuesday.
Bentley said the decision is ultimately up to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and would be made after considering the viewpoints of those in favour and opposed to extending hours.
Dana Kerbel, owner of the Gull & Firkin in Toronto's the Beach neighbourhood, said a few of the Firkin franchises are planning to apply for permission to begin serving around 9:30 a.m. on the wedding day.
"It's kind of fun to be able to have a drink before 11 o'clock, and maybe we'll have some crumpets on special," Kerbel said.
Ontario extended its drinking hours for the FIFA World Cup last summer, allowing for pubs and restaurants to serve alcohol an hour earlier during the month-long event.
Bentley said no municipality has asked yet, but he is not opposed to the idea on first blush.
"I'm really looking forward to the Royal Wedding, I really am. And I know my mother is," Bentley added.
Last month, Ontario announced that it would ease several liquor laws surrounding special events, allowing those attending festivals to walk around while carrying alcohol and wedding receptions to serve liquor an hour longer.