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Kansas City's City Market One Step Closer To Beer And Liquor Sales

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Craft breweries and distilleries in the Kansas City area could soon have a new venue to sell their libations.

The Kansas City council's Public Safety & Emergency Services Committee advanced an ordinance Wednesday that expands liquor sales in the City Market area near downtown Kansas City.

Currently, only wineries can bring their products to the farmer's market, but the new ordinance would allow state-licensed breweries and distilleries to do the same.

Claude Page with the city's planning department oversees City Market affairs. He says the ordinance will help support Kansas City's burgeoning craft brewery and distillery scene.

"One of our main goals at the City Market is to get healthy food to people that need it, but one of our other goals is to help local businesses," Page said. "We've had some good interest in wines and some happy wine sellers, and we're excited to see how this plays out for distilled spirits."

The ordinance was passed by committee without opposition. It heads to the full council Thursday.

Cody Newill is part of KCUR's audience development team. Follow him on Twitter @CodyNewill or email him at cody@kcur.org.
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