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November 23, 2004

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In This Section:
K.C., Mo., Might Ban Smoking—If ’Burbs Do
Spokane Java Stands Face Tempest In Espresso Cup
If You’re Too Drunk To Read, You’re Too Drunk To Drive
Drive-Through Regs Loom For Massachusetts Towns
S.C. Voters Order Liquor Law Shaken And Stirred

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K.C., Mo., Might Ban Smoking—If ’Burbs Do
It’s wait-and-see time for those of you operating in Kansas City, Mo. The city becomes the latest municipality trying to snuff out tobacco in restaurants—but there’s a twist: The proposed regs would only take effect for restaurants and bars after the majority of area towns adopt the same rules.

The Kansas City Council is considering a two-pronged regulation. The easy part, which would take effect within city limits on May 31, would ban smoking in the workplace as well as bowling alleys, pool halls and other public places.

The challenging part involves bringing restaurants and bars on board. Under the proposal, bars and restaurants are exempt until at least 50% of people in the counties of Jackson, Platte, Clay and Cass in Missouri and Wyandotte and Johnson in Kansas live in jurisdictions that have passed similar non-smoking laws.

If Kansas City succeeds in ending smoking at restaurants and bars, it would become the country’s first two-state, multi-county area to do so. The City Council votes on the legislation on Nov. 23.

To read the proposed regulations, go to the Ordinance section of the Kansas City, Mo., home page, at, and enter #041125 in the appropriate box on the Ordinance Search page.

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Spokane Java Stands Face Tempest In Espresso Cup
Water and sewer hook-ups are no longer optional for permanent espresso stand operators in Spokane County, Wash.

Regulations require permanent espresso stands (i.e. those required to have a building, land use or relocation permit) to be connected to water and sewer systems to receive an operating permit. Holding tanks are no longer good enough.

The stricter enforcement started earlier this year during annual inspections. So far, nearly 30 espresso stands have been denied waivers, according to Health District Chief Kim Thorburn. The county is home to more than 80 espresso outlets, including both full-fledged stores and stands.

Until the mid-1990s, county building officials had considered espresso stands to be temporary structures, which is why they allowed the use of holding tanks for sewage and water. The county eventually tightened its regs when it became apparent that the stands were permanent fixtures.

Download Spokane County espresso stand requirements from

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If You’re Too Drunk To Read, You’re Too Drunk To Drive
Attention, restaurant and bar operators in Poway, Calif.: You’ve just been "volunteered" to join the fight against drinking and driving.

Under Ordinance 613, passed unanimously by the Poway City Council on Nov. 9, those of you serving alcohol for on-premise consumption in the town near San Diego will be required to display informational posters warning of the dangers of drunk driving.

The pilot program will run for one year starting in January 2005. After a year, council members will evaluate results to determine whether the program should continue.

In December, operators of restaurants, bars, taverns, night clubs, dance bars, piano bars, ballrooms and game parlors can expect to receive an information packet from the city. The packet will include explanations of new rule, and posters provided by the Designated Drivers Association.

For more information, check out the City of Poway Web site,

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Drive-Through Regs Loom For Massachusetts Towns
What’s not to like about restaurants with drive-through service? Plenty, when lines of waiting cars routinely block local traffic.

In New Bedford, Mass., that very situation has led city planners to draft its first-ever set of drive-through regulations. The proposed regs would require all new drive-through operations have space to stack six cars on their lot when queued from drive-up window to the entrance of the drive-through lane. The draft proposal also would require that driveway entrances be placed at least 125 ft. from adjacent intersections, unless otherwise cleared by the New Bedford Traffic Commission.

The rules, which don’t prohibit drive-throughs per se, in effect could essentially block any new drive-through stores from opening in the dense, small-lot downtown area, opponents say.

In drafting the new regs, New Bedford planners referred to the model drive-through ordinance developed by the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District. SRPEDD's suggested bylaws are online at

Currently more than 20 New Bedford businesses operate drive-throughs. The Planning Board will discuss the proposed changes at a December meeting, and then will forward recommendations to the City Council for review in January.

At least eight other towns in southeast Massachusetts are also considering SRPEDD’s drive-through guidelines, including Acushnet, Fairhaven, Dartmouth, Mansfield, Raynham and Westport. The town of Marion went so far as to ban fast-food drive-throughs altogether.

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S.C. Voters Order Liquor Law Shaken And Stirred
If you serve liquor in South Carolina, you’ll be happy to hear that minibottles are soon to be a thing of the past, thanks to a recent voter referendum that overturned a nearly 30-year-old rule requiring restaurants to serve booze from 2-oz. bottles.

The change from minibottles to standard 750-ml or 1-liter bottles could end up keeping stainless fabricators and bar suppliers in the state busy for awhile. It would also allow operators to control how much alcohol is served per drink.

The Hospitality Association of South Carolina has fought to put the issue on the ballot for the past 20 years. Allowing operators to decide what size drink to serve patrons is more responsible than forcing them to purchase the minibottles, says association Pres. Tom Sponseller.

South Carolina state lawmakers will meet in January to write new liquor laws and decide how liquor should be taxed.

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