Wichita considers selling alcohol earlier in the day

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Wichita bars and restaurants could soon be able to sell alcohol earlier in the day. City council is set to vote on the issue at tomorrow’s meeting.

According to city attorney Jennifer Magana, the city wants to match a state law that allows bars and restaurants to sell alcohol starting at 6 a.m.

“Some of the City’s ordinances mirror state law,” explained Magana. “It is common for the City to amend such ordinances when the Kansas legislature changes state law in order to maintain consistency and avoid confusion for citizens.”

The state law is in effect so there is a “desire to expedite the adoption of the ordinance,” according to city officials.

Currently in Wichita, alcohol can’t be sold between the hours of 2 a.m. and 9 a.m. The proposed ordinance reduces the prohibited time period from 2 a.m. until 6 a.m.

The change would also allow clubs and drinking establishments to be open to the public as early as 6 a.m.

Councilmember Cindy Claycomb said she’s heard positive comments from the community.

“I expect it to help restaurants who were requesting this change,” Claycome said. “It provides convenience because restaurants won’t need to tell customers they can’t be served a drink at morning brunch.”

City council is set to hold a public hearing and vote on the ordinance change at 9 a.m. at City Hall.

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