Amazing Grace: KC Liquor Regulators Take Exit Ramp from Low to High Road

Surprise, surprise…

In a stunning turn of events an ad hoc group at Kansas City City Hall charged with updating liquor regulations did an about face this morning after threatening to put 11 small businesses out of business. Included in the group were KC Councilwoman Cindy Circo and Regulated Industries manager Gary Majors.

The group’s initial game plan: to require taverns to gross $250,000 in annual sales to qualify for and/or retain their 3 a.m. liquor licenses. The existing code stipulates $100,000 in gross sales.

In a meeting yesterday with Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association president Jason Pryor, owners of the aforementioned taverns on death row, including Davey’s Uptown Ramblers and The Newsroom, met to discuss the pending changes.

“Forget the numbers, it’s right versus wrong,” Pryor told the gathering. “It’s basically institutionalized discrimination. It’s like saying, ‘You didn’t make enough money last year, you can’t have a drivers license.'”

Eight of the 11 businesses on the proverbial cusp would likely be forced out of business if the change was implemented, the group said. A lawyer had agreed to defend the small businesses for $20,000.

But hold it right there…

Why should small business owners be forced to ante up that kind of jack to defend themselves against antiquated and arbitrary, outdated laws to begin with?

However in today’s meeting, the ad hoc-sters tentatively agreed to raise the number from $100,000 to $125,000 based on the fact that the lowest existing 3 a.m. licensee’s revenue was pegged at $129,000, Pryor says.

“I think everybody realized that you can’t write an ordinance that’s going to put people out of business,” Pryor says.

That said – bar and restaurant owners stand firm in arguing against Simon Sez laws such as this one. They need to go the way of Blue Laws that once prohibited Sunday liquor sales and the like.

“We stood firm on the argument that no specific number was justifiable,” Pryor says. “Nobody wants to be looking over their shoulder and stressing over each day’s revenue, worrying that they could lose their license.”

The tavern and restaurant owner’s suggestions from today’s meeting will be reviewed over the next few days and a subsequent meeting will be held to discuss and review the ad hoc committee’s reproposed revisions, Pryor says.
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8 Responses to Amazing Grace: KC Liquor Regulators Take Exit Ramp from Low to High Road

  1. Anonymous says:

    these are the same lame brains worrying about stupid issue like this which allowed WYCO to steal the soccer stadium from KCMO…… geeeeezzzz…….. they need to keep thier eyes on the important thing,,,but there is lil hope of that.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Idiots in DC idiots in KC.

  3. Anonymous says:

    These places pay city taxes!

    …unlike The Power and Light District which takes away tax money.

    I have a feeling The Cordish Company’s lawyers were behind this.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I have a feeling The Cordish Company

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thank God. Maybe Cordish doesn’t run this town after all.

    Cathy Jolly has better things to worry about – like filling the gaping hole where Bannister Mall used to be.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I hate the Cordish Co. Oh well KCP&L is still going to not do well. And for Westport I just feel so bad for all the business owners. I think KC needs to help them in any way that they can but they won’t. They will be on KCP&L’s side.

  7. Anonymous says:

    The Dotte is HOT! We need serious regime change in KCMO. How could they not think that KCK was wooing Cerner and the Wizards. Fucking idiots.

    As for the 3AM deal, this has Cordish written all over it. If a bar wants to stay open til 3:00 that’s their business…you don’t sell that much booze between 1:00 and 3:00 anyway…most of your customers are already drunk, at risk for getting involved in a fight, or driving under the influence.

  8. Anonymous says:

    craig glazer
    Folks I’d stop worring about when to close these bars and start figuring out how to get people back out to any of them….In KC the bar biz is down nearly 40 to 50% over the last two years and they weren’t great….about one third of the night spots have already closed in KC,Mo….not just because of downtown who by the way has closed more bars than Westport or the Plaza…its not pretty…so enforcement guys..chill, KC has bigger issues right now…and you want to stop crime at night, THEN GET ON THE STREET AND STOP IT, I THINK BY NOW YOU KNOW WHERE IT IS AND WHEN…

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