Happy hour ban lifted in Kansas July 1
- Jul. 9, 2012
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Since 1985, Kansas bars and restaurants have been prohibited from offering happy hour promotions for alcohol. That changed on July 1, when a new law allowing happy hours went into effect.
Previously, many bars had been operating within a loophole by offering day-long specials. From $2.50 schooners at Louise’s and half-price martinis at The Eldridge on Thurdays to $1 margaritas on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Tapas Mexican Food.
The Jackpot Saloon owner, Eric Berman, said he’s waiting to see how other bars react to the new laws before implementing any new happy hour plans.
“You follow the trends in this business,” Berman said. “Watch what the competition does.”
Meanwhile, Ryan Callihan, a graduate student from Lenexa, said he’s normally busy with class or work during the time happy hours are offered, which is usually between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
The Casbah Burger Stand on Mass, however, seems to have a solution to Callihan’s problem.
“We’re offering reverse happy hour,” David Swenson of the Burger Stand said. “The drink specials will vary but it will be from 10pm to midnight.”
The Burger Stand started their new promotions on the day the law first went into effect.
Kyle Black, a University graduate from Lawrence, said he’s always found it odd that Kansas laws didn’t allow happy hours. “It seemed to be that Kansas was behind the times,” Black said.
Though it’s still early to tell how the new laws will affect businesses, Black said he thinks it will help drive customers.
Edited by Megan Hinman