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Ruling postponed for change that would let liquor flow at KC groceries

Kansas City Council on Thursday postponed a vote on a rule change that would allow bar grills at groceries like Hy-Vee, Whole Foods and Sprouts. At some area Hy-Vee stores, such as this one in Overland Park, there are already bar and grills, but Kansas City code currently forbids such setups.
Kansas City Council on Thursday postponed a vote on a rule change that would allow bar grills at groceries like Hy-Vee, Whole Foods and Sprouts. At some area Hy-Vee stores, such as this one in Overland Park, there are already bar and grills, but Kansas City code currently forbids such setups. tljungblad@kcstar.com

The Kansas City Council on Thursday postponed a vote on a rule change that would allow bar and grills at groceries like Hy-Vee, Whole Foods and Sprouts.

An ordinance to allow groceries to sell liquor by the drink was scheduled for a vote, but some council members said it needs tweaking and will be reconsidered next week.

Hy-Vee already has popular bar and grills that sell wine and beer in area suburbs. But Kansas City’s current liquor code prohibits the practice. The council is trying to update its liquor code to accommodate that new business model.

Lynn Horsley: 816-226-2058, @LynnHorsley

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