The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on February 2, 1986 · Page 41
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The Salina Journal Sunday, February 2,1986 PageSS Restaurateurs hope liquor amendment will boost business ByLORIBRACK Weekend Editor Kansas' new liquor laws have put a damper on drinking, Salina restaurateurs and club managers say. However, they are optimistic Saline County will approve a liquor-by-the- drink constitutional amendment in the November general election and that the amendment will boost food and liquor business across the state. Liquor laws enacted by the 1985 Legislature raise the legal beer-drinking age from 18 to 21, ban happy hours and other drinking promotions and most important, according to Salina restaurant managers, impose significantly stiffer penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Those penalties include a system of mandatory jail sentences, drivers license revocations, penalties for refusing to undergo alcohol or drug testing and restrictions on diversion agreements. Those penalties are scaring drinkers away from spending an evening downing several drinks. "It's made a remarkable difference," said Ben Vidricksen, owner of the Cavalier Club. Vidricksen is also a state senator who has been involved in the refinement of liquor laws during his six years in the Legislature. As a result of the new laws, he said, it has become more commpnplace "that people will order two rounds and say they need to go home and cut themselves off." Bob Loersch, manager of the private club at the Carousel, is seeing the same trend in his business. "There's not so much heavy-duty drinking," he said. "One person won't drink in a group or they'll have coffee before they leave." Amount of consumption is not the only change. Drinkers have changed their patterns in other ways. "People are just drinking less, not drinking as long, not staying out as late," said Tom Weis, manager of the clubs at the Heart of America and Mid-America inns. "People don't come out as early. They're just not pouring down drinks like they used to," Weis said. All that change has left some restaurants with declining liquor profits. Vidricksen estimates his club has seen more than a 10 percent to 15 percent decrease in liquor profits. Jerry Gutierrez, operator of the Gutierrez restaurant and club, also saw a decline in liquor sales in the last quarter of 1985. Other restaurants and clubs, however, had an older clientele and have not suffered as much from the new laws that require drinkers to be older than 18. "We didn't have a lot of younger people anyway, unless it was a special occasion like homecoming or prom," said Mike Loop, owner of Tony's Restaurant and Winery. "Most of our business is 25 and up, so they weren't affected by the liquor laws.'' "Our liquor business keeps going up, but so does our food business," said Duane Billings, owner of The Scheme. "The longer we're open, the more people we turn away." Some see reciprocal arrangements and hotels' and motels' practice of making guests automatic members of the cocktail lounge as, in effect, having liquor by the drink in Kansas. "It's kind of ridiculous because there are so many ways to get around the law," said Billings. "A lot of clubs are real lax." Vidricksen said members of the Kansas Restaurant Association board of directors have noted that big hotels in cities like Wichita and Kansas City don't even make a pretense of checking for memberships when a customer steps into their clubs. In November, however, voters will have a chance to make liquor by the drink official. The proposed amendment, passed by the Legislature last April 13 just a few hours before the 1985 legislative session adjourned, permits a public vote which could end Kansas' century-old prohibition against liquor by the drink and the open saloon. If it passes: • Counties in which a majority voted in Javor of the amendment become "wet" as of July 1,1987. "Establishments that do at least Two businesses open for each that closes 30 percent of their business in food sales can then sell liquor by the drink to the public. Private clubs meeting the food requirement can become open-to4he-public establishments. • Counties" in which a majority voted against the amendment remain "dry." Private reciprocal clubs would continue to operate as before (assuming the Legislature makes no changes in the private club laws). • In any subsequent general election, in November of even-numbered years, any county can petition for a change in its liquor status and put the question on the ballot. "Wet" counties could remove the 30 percent food sales restriction and go to open saloons (the earliest opportunity will be in 1988), or could even vote to return to "dry" status. "Dry" counties could vote to go "wet." The proposed amendment also contains a provision for temporary liquor-sale permits without any food requirement attached. The permits, which could be issued only in "wet" counties, are intended to allow liquor sales at fund-raising events, or activities in civic or sports arenas.'However, the Legislature has yet to pass implementing legislation setting up the permit system (who issues it, for how long, for what fee, etc.). Without such implementing legislation, the temporary- permit feature of the proposed amendment could not be put into effect, said John Lamb, director of the Alcohol Beverage Control ir.vf division of the Kansas Department of Revenue. Lamb said his guess was that, if the amendment is approved, the Legislature would enact the implementing legislation for the temporary permits during the 1987 session, probably to take effect July 1,1987. The Legislature has already passed implementing legislation to permit licensed food service establishments meeting the 30 percent rule to sell liquor by the drink. It also requires such establishments, as well as private clubs, to close at 2 a.m., and on election days while the polls are open. Salina restaurateurs are optimistic the proposed amendment will pass and, when it does, will boost their business. ' 'Kansas is going to have to do something so we won't get passed by. We're pushing a lot of business into Missouri," Gutierrez said. Vidricksen, with his special role as a state senator and a restaurant owner, sees the issue from a unique perspective. "I think Saline County will go wet," Vid- ricksen said.' "They did in 1970.'' Kansas voters voted on liquor by the drink in the 1970 general election. The measure failed in the state by about 15,000 votes, Vidricksen said. "I think it's going to be a big battle without a question, but I think it's safe to say it will pass (in the state) by at least a 60 percent margin. People feel strongly it's time to do it because now it's such a hodge-podge." By JUDITH WEBER Staff Writer 'According to the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce, the proportion of business openings and closings in the city is comparable to the national average. In a good year, the Small Business Administration says the number of new businesses outweighs those that closed by about two to one, said Don Weiser, executive vice president of the chamber. Weiser said almost 50 new businesses were admitted to membership in the chamber during 1985, and about 30 members went out of business. The chamber has admitted an average of 40 to 50 new businesses in each of the last several years, said Gerald Cook, chamber president. "We expect more of the same (this) year, because the economy here remains healthy," he said. "I'm very optimistic. There are going to be openings and closings, that's the nature of the game. I think the key thing is that people are still opening businesses here." The Journal compiled a list from several sources of about 80 businesses that began operation in 1985 and about 45 that ceased operation during the year. Major business openings of 1985 included ElDorado Motor Corporation's Salina plant and Keystone Railway Equipment Co. in the South Industrial Area. Skagg's Alpha Beta, a grocery, department store and pharmacy, was built in 1985 at Ninth and Magnolia and is expected to open in mid-February. In January of 1985, Weeks Inc., a grocery, hardware store and gas station at 505 S. Santa Fe, closed after 40 years of operation in Salina. Shank's Gifts &Toys, 120 S. Santa Fe, also closed its doors early in 1985, the year of its 100th anniversary. The largest category of business closings in 1985 was in shoe and clothing stores. L&M Shoes, 144 S. Santa Fe; Hanschu's Shoes, 228-B S. Santa Fe; Larry Hatch Shoes, 118 S. Santa Fe; and Kinney's Shoe Store, 128 S. Santa Fe, all closed their doors in 1985. But Vanderbilt's, a boot store at 666 S.Ohio, opened. Clothing stores that went out of business were: Calhoun's, 2018 S. Ohio; Dot's, 117-A S. Santa Fe; Betty's Country Casuals in the Mid- State Mall and Denim & Lace, 201 S. Santa Fe. CJ's Boutique and the Jean Station in the Mid-State Mall closed early in 1986, while West Ltd. Men's Wear, 112 N. Santa Fe, Brann's Furniture, 2122 Planet, and Young World, 1113-B W. Crawford began the new year with "Going out of business" signs on their doors. The Bedroom Gallery, 120 S. Santa Fe, and Scandies Smorgasbord, a restaurant in the Mid-State Mall, were businesses that both opened and closed in 1985. Other restaurants that closed during the year were Gabby's, 1601 W. Crawford and George's Restaurant, 1837 S. Ninth. Eating establishments that opened in 1985 were The Branch restaurant at the Salina Inn; Domino's Pizza, 582 S. Ohio and 1103-C W. Crawford; Eats in the Mid-State Mall; Hickory Hut in the 1700 block of West Crawford; K-Bob's Steak House, 640 Westport Blvd.; Skipper's Seafood *n Chowder House, 1822 W. Crawford; Starkey's Club, 2501 Market Place; Taco Bell, 1700 W. Crawford; and The Yogurt Shop in video arcades in the mall and downtown. Three new convenience stores were built in 1985: In 'N Out at Iron and Ohio, and two Your Stop stores at 1118 N. Ninth and Ohio and Crawford. Peats Pak-A-Sak, 601 N. Broadway, a convenience store and bait shop, went out of business. New medical establishments of 1985 were Associated Allergists, 714 S. Ohio; Drs. Wedel, Wedel & Barker, 530 S. Fifth; Saline County Dialysis Center at Iron and Oakdale, and the office of Dr. John Welsh, optometrist, 717 Roach. Gro-Morr Pharmacy, 582 S. Ohio, and the office of Dr. C.N. Waters, dermatologist, 530 S. Fifth, were closed in 1985. Tanning centers Super-Tan, 911 W. Crawford, and Tan-U-Nique, 119 S. Fifth, were opened in 1985, along with Nu Concept Centre Inc., 1114 E. Crawford, a weight loss program. Body Images Studio, 814 E. Crawford, ceased operation. New financial establishments appearing in 1985 were Gloy Commodities, 665 S. Ohio; Keating & Associates, 227 N. Santa Fe; Marilyn Ahlstrom, certified financial planner, 227 N. Santa Fe; Ecaper Inc. investment and Tea Table Inc. Skaggs Alpha Beta will soon open at Ninth and Magnolia, while West Ltd. prepares to close in downtown Salina. investment, 227 N. Santa Fe. Also, Consumer Credit Counseling Services Inc. separated itself from the Salina Credit Bureau and set up an office at 227 N. Santa Fe. Great Plains Federal Credit Union became a new company in Salina when the Gulf Chemical Employees Federal Credit Union purchased the Tip Top Credit Union, which was placed in receivership. Tip Top operated an office in Salina at 2061 S. Ohio. Going out of business were Saul Stone & Co. commodities, 2401 S. Ninth, and Beecroft Cole and Co., stock and bond brokers, 155 S. Santa Fe. Attorneys who opened offices in 1985 were: Lee Ann Nicholson, 256 S. Santa Fe; Pat Thompson, 116 S. Seventh; and Julie McKenna, 227 N. Santa Fe. The Printed Word, a word processing service, 1803 S. Ninth, and Type- Cetra, a graphic arts and typesetting business, 252 S. Santa Fe, opened during the year. Janet Smith Interior Designs, 1300 E. Iron, and Gail Jones Interiors, 1503 S. Ninth, were opened in 1985, while Interiors Unlimited, 2431 Village Lane, was closed. Also opened were Wicker & Rattan Imports Co., 146 S. Santa Fe; Crown Carpet & Wicker Etc., 2100 S. Ninth; Rainbow International Carpet Dyeing and Cleaning Co., 2019 Ruskin Rd.; McGinley Carpet Cleaning, 2665 Summer Lane; and Carpet Man, 2311 S.Ohio. Superior Irrigation, an installer of underground sprinkling systems, opened, while Rainmaker Systems, an installer of lawn sprinkler systems, 519 Reynolds, went out of business. ServiceMaster Lawn Care of Salina opened at 522 Reynolds, while Air Cooled Specialties, 326 S. Broadway, a lawn equipment sales and service business, began 1986 with a "Going out of business" sign on its window. Rogers Janitorial Supply, 740 Duvall, and Johnson's Janitorial Supply, 315 Gail, opened in 1985. Ace Sanitary Service, 916 N. Santa Fe, ceased business. New in 1985 were A-A Construction, 534 S. Ninth; House Doctors, 921 Bishop; Advanced Plumbing and Heating; and Callabresi Heating & Cooling, 832 N. Ninth. Johnson Builders Inc., 1200 Park, announced early in 1986 that it was closing its business after more than 70 years in Salina. Oard's Auto & Truck Repair, 1328 State Street Rd., and Dennis' Marine Service, 1200 N. Ninth, opened in 1985. Mid-Kansas Auto Body, 632 S. Broadway, closed. Long distance telephone company Telecom Management International left Salina, while Republic Telcom entered the city's market in 1985. Other businesses that closed in 1985 were Kansas Landscape & Nursery, Rt. 5; Landsco Corp., 1018 W. Elm, a manufacturer of lawn equipment and golf carts; Mid-America Harvestore, 2804 Arnold; Mid-America Protection Systems, 712 S. Ohio; The Print Mill Photo Lab, 2401 S. Ninth; The Racquet Shoppe, 103 S. Santa Fe; Salina Implement Co. 3637 S. Ninth; Service Personnel of Salina in the 700 block of S. Ohio; Sport-About, 144 S. Santa Fe; and Stewart's Laundry, 211 S. Santa Fe. Several businesses were closed in 1985, but reopened several months later under new ownership. They included All Vets Inc. taxi service, National Car Rental at the municipal airport, Magic night club, and Eastridge Realty. Central TV opened its second store in Sauna in 1985 at 1311 W. Crawford, and Electronics Inc. opened a second store, Electronics Unlimited, at Cloud and Ninth. Other businesses that opened in 1985 were: Animal Health of Kansas, State Street Road; Antique Alley, 216 E. Walnut; Beaver Express Service, 1000 W. Elm; Classic Hair Designs, 2745 Belmont Blvd.; Conflict Resolution mediation services, 227 N. Santa Fe; Conoco service station, 418 E. Iron; Data Management Systems, 2141 Centennial; Federal Express, 2770 Hein; International Tours of Salina, Mid-State Mall; Kansas Steel Supply, 1000 W. Franklin; K.C. Connection bus route, 727 York; KQNS- FM radio, 203 S. Santa Fe; Mail-Plus, 1817 S. Broadway; Mid Kansas Mobile Homes, 1731 N. Ninth; Omli and Associates Realty, 604 Barney; Roselawn Mortuary, 1307 S. Santa Fe; Salina Appliance Showroom, 740 N. Ninth; Salina Inn, 222 E. Diamond Drive; Sun Queen Energy Savings, 2141 Centennial; Sun Valley Veterinary Specialists, Rt. 2; The Upstairs Gallery, 108% S. Santa Fe; and Wheat State Carriers trucking company, 2714 Centennial. In addition, the 435th General Support Aviation Co. of the Army National Guard set up operations at the Airport Industrial Area. The 1985 move of KPL Gas Service (which changed its name in 1985 from Kansas Power and Light Co.) from 1300 E. Iron to a new structure at 1001 Edison Place allowed MarketAide Inc. and three other tenants to move into the old building, creating Mar- ketAide Plaza. The moving of other businesses and opening of several new offices at the Santa Fe Office Plaza, 227 N. Santa Fe, brought the total number of tenants at the office building to more than 20 in 1985. For 88 Years You've Known Us As Security Savings... »/ Mall (Continued from Page S3) willingness to issue Warmack the $24.5 million in industrial revenue bonds he sought. He received $10 million in bonds instead. Because buyers of the bonds are excused from paying income tax on the interest they earn, the bonds bear a lower interest rate. The bonds do not obligate the city to pay for the mall. Attorney Norton, who has served Warmack regarding lease matters on Sears Center, said the Central Mall controversy has been trying for his client. "He's not a patient man," Norton said of Warmack. "He likes to have things happen. "He came here personally and spent a lot of time. He felt he was doing the right thing and there was a need. He's not a quitter but there was a lot of frustration," Norton said. The city commission's compromise has launched construction of the mall and sparked the redevelopment of downtown Salina, projects that some see as welding the spirit of Salina. "I have seen a coming together in the past year," said chamber president Cook. The Central Mall has been accepted and he said there is a sentiment that "Hey, it's not time to fuss and fight." But some who were in the forefront of the mall debate see the personal wounds as slow to heal. "It was the most painful growing pains this town ever had," said opposition leader Ray. The controversy cost his business a major uniform account. C.L. Christian, an insurance agent who headed a group called Salinans for the Central Mall, said a negative attitude still lingers in Salina, as does personal bitterness. "I'd like to say that it's forgotten but it certainly isn't." he said. Meadowlark is state bkd The official state bird, the western meadowlark, won its distinction in 1937 after Kansas schoolchildren voted overwhelmingly in its favor for the honor on Kansas Day, 1925. t-'U Security Savhigs and Loan Association has been an integral part of Salina's growth and progress since 1898, and in 1985 more Salinans than ever before chose Security Savings as their primary financial institution. Thank you for your continued support and trust. and tomorrow — we'll still be Security Savings! || —BobBegnoche ||| President Kfe- mif UNCLE IRA- SECURITY SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION 317 So. Santa Fe • 1830 S. Ohio MEMBER F.S.LI.C./Ph. 825-8241

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