The hours in which alcohol can be sold at liquor stores and restaurants in Philadelphia was approved by the State Department of Revenue at the request of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.

Alcohol can be sold in on-premises establishments from 10 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Sunday.

An ordinance to allow for the sale of wine and liquor in the city was adopted in June by the Philadelphia Mayor and Board of Aldermen, opening the way for package liquor stores by fall.

The ordinance, adopted in a unanimous decision, will allow for the sale of wine and liquor of more than 5 percent alcohol by weight in restaurants and package stores.

The board then voted to petition the State Depart-ment of Revenue to allow liquor and wine to be sold in restaurants and other such establishments from 10 a.m. to midnight on Sundays.

In the recent municipal election, residents overwhelmingly approved the legal sale of alcoholic liquors in the city with nearly 75 percent of the vote.

Officials have said that the sale of wine and liquor would attract new business and help existing ones in the city.

The effort to bring new retail opportunities, particularly restaurants, to Philadelphia stemmed from a charrette (pronounced shuh-ret) held here in early 2010.

An estimated $12.3 million in sit-down restaurant business leaves Philadelphia annually.