The ability of small restaurants, distilleries, breweries and wineries to host entertainment in Frederick took a small step forward at Wednesday’s mayor and Board of Aldermen workshop at City Hall.

The board reached consensus to send to the Planning Commission a text amendment for an ordinance that would allow establishments smaller than 10,000 square feet to host entertainment without having to receive conditional approval from the city.

At the end of the day, it came down to two letters before the board would move the ordinance forward: GC, which stands for general commercial zoning. According to the ordinance going into Wednesday’s meeting, entertainment would be permitted without separate approval at small establishments, but only downtown residential

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