Morning kickoff forces restaurants to decide whether to open early

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Your favorite place to watch Bills road games might not be open in time for kickoff for Sunday’s game in London. The game against the Jacksonville Jaguars starts at 9:30, meaning bars and restaurants have to decide whether to open early or not.

One place you can go to watch the game is (716) Food and Sport in HarborCenter. The restaurant plans to host a British-themed brunch starting at 9am Sunday. “It’s tea time,” the tweet announcing the party read. And tea is likely all that people will be drinking.

Many bars and restaurant owners decided not to open in time for kickoff because of the state law banning establishments from serving alcohol before noon on Sundays. The New York State Liquor Authority says that many bars requested a one day exemption from this law for the game, but they cannot grant those requests.

Williamsville Restaurant Opener Paul Santora was one of those people. He is choosing to open the Transit Road location of his Santora’s Pizza Pub and Grill at 9am and serve breakfast, even though he can’t serve alcohol.

“I think that because we’re a sports bar, it would be very difficult not to be open for a Bills game. We just want to support the team. And we just want to be part of it,” he said.

The three area Seneca casinos are another option if you’re looking for somewhere to watch the game, since they are open 24 hours a day and all have sports bars inside. However, you still can’t get a drink there before noon since the New York State Liquor Authority grants their liquor licenses. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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