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HMSHost didn't get special treatment in liquor-license renewal, ABC official says

WICHITA — It didn't take long for HMSHost to get its liquor license back after inadvertently letting it lapse at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, where it couldn't serve alcohol the first five days of March.

Businesses typically are supposed to allow 30 days for renewal.

In this case, says Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division director Tom Groneman, the licensing department "rushed it through."

But Groneman says HMSHost didn't get special treatment that other businesses wouldn't be eligible for.

"We do it quite routinely," Groneman says. "We do it more often than not."

But not always.

Groneman says it makes a difference if a business has been late renewing before and whether its taxes are up to date.

"It depends on a lot of things."