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New Bill Allows Some Restaurant Owners in Downtown Kissimmee to have Liquor License

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Released By City of Kissimmee

The Governor of the State of Florida, Ron DeSantis, signed the House Bill 1099 on Friday, May 10, 2019, allowing certain restaurants in Downtown Kissimmee’s Redevelopment District to be issued a special liquor license by the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).

The bill only applies to “bona fide restaurants” in the district, and it must occupy at least 1,800 square feet of contiguous space. Also, it must be equipped to serve meals to at least 80 people at one time and derives at least 51 percent of its gross food and beverage revenue from the sale of food and nonalcoholic beverages during the first 60-day operating period and each 12-month working period.

Earlier this year, City elected officials asked state legislators to support this bill that would allow small downtown restaurants to obtain a special liquor license if they met specific requirements. Downtown merchants and business owners wanted to see changes and worked with City officials for this bill to be brought forward. To learn more about the City of Kissimmee visit, www.kissimmee.org.