Council serves notice on tavern ordinance
An 18-year-old city law regulating taverns has served its purpose, Tonganoxie City Council members decided Monday night.
In fact, the law would prevent Bichelmeyer's Steakhouse from serving beer when it opens later this spring.
So council members agreed they would like to repeal the law, which prohibits taverns within 350 feet not including streets and alleys of schools, churches, chapels or funeral homes.
Chris Eppley, city administrator, told council members that he believes the 1982 law was initiated to rid the city of a disruptive tavern that was downtown. He said he didn't believe the city now should try to prevent businesses such as the steakhouse from serving beer.
Council members agreed, and decided to consider repealing the law at their next meeting, set for March 13.
If the law were repealed, state law would govern the location of businesses that serve beer and other alcoholic beverages.