Bars and Nightclubs are both highly regulated and highly profitable. Because of alcohol sales and their high potential for assorted vice crimes, state and local governments monitor bars and nightclubs carefully. In some cities such as Philadelphia, a bar or nightclub may need up to 12 licenses and permits. Navigating the maze of applications and processes required to start such a business can be daunting.
Dallas’ neighbor is a little more relaxed, and no less friendly to business. Fort Worth keeps business licensing to a minimum, instead doing most of its oversight and regulation through its zoning process. Fort Worth businesses of course have to comply with all state regulations and hold the appropriate Texas licenses. Although Fort Worth is known largely as the calmer, more residential alternative to Dallas, it has more than just local retail. Fort Worth claims defense, airline, railroad, electronic and medical sectors that help drive its economy.