Although tornadoes still run through it, Dorothy might not recognize today's Kansas. Today's corporate-run agriculture and Kansas' new manufacturing sectors make the once sleepy plains state's fabled past into little more than dust in the wind. However, the pioneering spirit that once founded the state remains. Kansas keeps regulations minimal so that entrepreneurs can get up and running.
In Kansas, any business that serves food can endanger public health. That’s why restaurants are some of the most regulated businesses out there. Multiple state, county and city environmental health permits are common for restaurants. Those that serve alcohol need even more licensing. Prospective restaurateurs should expect to apply for at least five licenses and permits and in many cases much more.