Some St. Charles bar owners want to change city's Sunday laws

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by Emily Rau / News 4 and KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 11 at 6:17 AM

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV) -- Some bar owners want the city of St. Charles city to get in line with state law and allow them to open their doors on Sunday. 

Until earlier this year that law was a statewide requirement, but the Missouri legislature changed it.

Now bar owners are hoping St. Charles city will follow suit.

And they’re not alone. Maryland Heights has already lifted restrictions preventing bars from being open on Sunday.

The St. Charles City Council seems to be on board, with some members saying it should be up to the business owner, not outdated laws.

Jim Schappe, who owns a bar in St. Charles, was happy to hear of the potential change.  He says it would only help his business.

“Illinois did it, I think it’s time for Missouri to change,” Schappe said. “I’m glad they’re going to come in to the 21st Century. We got rid of the blue laws 20 years ago, it’s time we get rid of these laws too.”

If passed the law would likely keep the restriction in place for the historic district of St. Charles.  City council members say they are not interested in making liquor laws for North Main Street any looser.

 

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