TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY RESTAURANT COMMUNITY COULD FLEX POLITICAL MUSCLE AMID CROSSROADS PETITION EFFORT AGAINST CONTROVERSIAL LIQUOR CODE REWRITE!!!
Generally, whist tough rules & regs are the bane of cowtown bar industry existence, our blog community believes that most Kansas City residents want strong liquor codes that strictly enforce guidelines for bars and restaurants.
However, a Crossroads neighborhood fight that our blog community REPORTED FIRST is now the subject of hard feelings on both sides of the bar.
Quick recap . . . An ordinance passed hastily and devised by Council Lady Jolie Justus hopes to relax the liquor code throughout KCMO and is really the work of Crossroads bar folks wanting to turn this artsy neighborhood into an entertainment district. After the rush legislation, power players moved to draft a petition that is now complete and soon to be turned in so that ALL OF KANSAS CITY can vote on proposed liquor code change.
TKC Reality Check . . .
THERE IS NO UNDERDOG IN THIS KANSAS CITY BAR ROOM SLAP FIGHT!!! THESE ARE TWO GROUPS OF POWER PLAYERS USING CITY COUNCIL AND PUBLIC RESOURCES TO SETTLE A BAR ROOM REAL ESTATE BRAWL!!!
What's disappointing here is that this still hot mess still hasn't been sorted out behind the scenes and that restaurant folks pushing the last legal drug and Real Estate dudes with more money than God are appropriating the language of grassroots political activists in order to talk about what is nothing more than a real estate deal argument betwixt TWO GROUPS OF COMPETING INSIDERS . . .
Still, talk of the Kansas City restaurant industry stepping up and becoming a new political power player is noteworthy given their previous ineptitude in thwarting $15 minimum wage movement at the Council level that was ultimately defeated by more established national service industry reps in Jeff City.
Nevertheless, here's an eloquent, smart and insightful behind the scenes note on local bars and restaurants weighing in on a liquor code change petition that could soon come up for a public vote:
A Kansas City Restaurant Industry Insider Seyz: "If it (The Crossroads Petition Against The Liquor Code Change Ordinance) goes to the ballot then alot of the bars and restaurants that are sitting on the sideline will find their political side. I think it will be interesting to see what thousands of restaurant employees can do on social media. Not to mention the local chefs and restaurant pages. In a low turnout election it would take a lot of traditional media to have the effect of your favorite restaurants and chefs asking people to vote."
To wit and because we hear Kansas City power players are already staring off this cruel Summer with a 3-martini-lunch . . .
DO YOU FAVOR KEEPING KANSAS CITY LIQUOR CODES TOUGH OR TURNING THE CROSSROADS INTO A BAR DISTRICT ALONG WITH MORE FREEDOM FOR THE BOOZY CROWD THROUGHOUT KCMO???
You decide . . .