Can you eat before The public reading of Meggilas Esther and does a year where Purim comes out on Motzeh Shabbos make a difference?
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Orach Chaim 692:4 Rama does not diffrentiate between a regular year and a year that the Megila is read on Motzei Shabbos. Either way Rama says it is Asur to eat prior to hearing the Megila.
From the Hallachicly speaking column in the Jewish Press Website:
One should not eat or drink before hearing the megillah by night; however, if he can not concentrate without having a coffee it is permitted. The reason is since it is for the need of the megillah it is not considered a disgrace to the megillah. Source