From the Ask Joe file, a question about licensing rules and regulations for local businesses.
Stan and Dan, who run a catering company called Stan and Dan's Hot Dogs, want to know why they are no longer allowed to operate past 10 p.m. in downtown Reno. They tell me they used to be able stay open until 2 a.m. on weekend nights, but not any longer.
I checked with Mike Chaump, the business relations manager for the city of Reno. He says last year, Stan and Dan received a special events permit which allowed them to operate until 2 a.m.
However, the city has decided they can no longer use that special event permit, and they are instead classified as a sidewalk vendor. Sidewalk vendors can only stay open until ten.
What's the difference? Chaump says special event permits are granted to businesses which attract tourists or visitors to the downtown area. Stan and Dan had told the city they planned to expand their business to include artisans and food trucks to attract visitors, but the city says when that didn't happen, Stan and Dan lost their special event permit. Now, they have to abide by a different set of rules.