Today we drove up to the county north of us to have dinner at a new-to-us restauran. I had purchased a Groupon offer. It's an Italian place, so I was somewhat surprised that they didn't push the alcoholic beverages... water and pop was what they had!
Well, turns out, that county was not entirely dry - it allowed liquor-by-the-drink only in restaurants that got at least 30% of their revenue from food, with a membership card... and this restaurant is new enough (I think? I'd never heard of it before I saw the Groupon offer), that it didn't yet have a liquor license and/or membership cards. Believe me, they would have been pushing it, if they did have membership cards.
Years ago, all of Kansas was dry, with liquor by the drink only in the restaurants set up as "membership clubs." That's how it was when I turned 21 and was old enough to drink. Most restaurants reciprocated, so I remember getting a card at one of the restaurants that seemed to reciprocate with more restaurants then the others. Silly me, when that system ended, I threw away my membership card. Little did I realize it would be a historical relic. Or hysterical, I'm not sure which - trying to explain this system, back in the day, to residents of most other states like California was guaranteed to bring about great hilarity. I'm thinking it changed like in the mid to late 1990's? Can't remember now. Too tired to google it. But I remember they changed it so that the counties that wanted to stay dry could, and that they'd have the option to revisit the issue at future elections. Some have eventually changed and become liquor by the drink counties, and others are still totally dry counties.
So, in spite of all this historical retrospective, tonight's dinner was fun (and saved me some alcoholic calories, yaaay!). I had saved some room for calories, as I only had a meal around 10 am and this dinner was more like 7 pm (allowing for husband coming home later and the pleasant 20 or so minute drive up there...). Plus, we split the appetizer and the dessert, and each had a salad.
For those curious, here's a map of the current status:
Oh here we are, a history of evolution of Kansas liquor law...