Blazing a trail for a drinking district at the Market

Posted on 08/23/2017
men drinking beerThanks to a law passed this summer, it won’t be much longer until you can buy a beer from Topp’d Pizzas + Salads or a cocktail from CHEWOLOGY {Gyoza Bar & Kushiyaki} and cozy up near a fire pit outside the Lenexa Public Market. 

Kansas now permits the consumption of alcohol outside of bars and restaurants in specially designated districts, called "common consumption areas." But first, the City of Lenexa has to work through the process of obtaining state permits for a common consumption area. Once we receive approval, each of our vendors will be able to participate and allow patrons to buy drinks and meander around the Market and outdoor patio known as the Lower Commons.

The City of Lenexa championed passage of this law, and the Lenexa Public Market is the first entity to create a common consumption area so far.

Common consumption areas do not allow you to bring in your own drinks, remove drinks from the property, or have an open container 24 hours a day. Under the law, the Market can license multiple drinking establishments within the building and permit people to buy a drink from any licensed business and move freely within the designated area.

We'll keep you posted on progress. Meet you by the fire pits soon!