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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Restaurant Flexibility Measure Heads to the Senate

Local restaurants like Padrino Fort Thomas had to get creative during 2020. The newly opened restaurant is located at 14 N. Grand Ave. 

Legislation aimed at supporting the food service industry in Kentucky passed the House of Representatives unanimously today. Rep. John Blanton, R-Salyersville, sponsored the measure.

“This bill provides restaurants the option to offer basic grocery staples to their customers. It will assist businesses in staying afloat by supplementing lack of revenue and having to pivot food supply,” said Rep. Blanton. “Establishing a concept where guests could purchase affordable produce, meat, and other essential pantry items while supporting a local business removes barriers at a time when many are struggling to make ends meet.”

HB 190 would exempt legally permitted food service establishments from any state or local laws and administrative regulations that prohibit the sale of grocery items such as bread, milk, and other grocery staples to any customer. 

The bill is a continuation of the provisions included in SB 150, which was passed during the 2020 Legislative Session. SB 150 was an integral part of the General Assembly's response to the COVID outbreak.

HB 190 will move to the Senate for consideration. Details of the measure can be viewed on the Legislative Research Commission’s website at

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