BY DEB GRUVER —The Wichita Eagle via — September 15, 2011 —

The city has crafted changes that should allow coffee shops, art galleries and other venues that don’t serve alcohol to imbibe in live music without too much expense.

A draft of an ordinance regulating entertainment licenses would decrease the annual cost of such a license from $400 to $50 for those establishments.

The draft ordinance also would specifically define coffee shops, art galleries and music-only venues.

Wichita’s rules on entertainment licenses are being weighed because of concerns by some that venues not serving alcohol shouldn’t be held to the same standards as those that do.

“Music never caused someone to have a DUI on the way home,” said Kathy Roush Major, who said her business with her husband, Clif Major, closed because of licensing issues.


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Originally posted 2011-09-15 17:44:15.