The owners of nearly 70 businesses, bars and restaurants have paid a $250 fee to continue to allow smoking in their establishments.
The smoking ban began in February, but it allows the $250 annual exemption fee through 2011.
The exempted bars include some of the city's most popular spots, such as Sammy's Tavern, Johnny's Sports Bar and some restaurants at the Legends shopping area.
The business license department for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., said 50 of the 316 restaurant and bars in the city have bought exemptions.
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