Lack of bar licenses continues to dominate DABC meetups

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As is increasingly common at DABC meetings, wrangles over Utah’s exceptionally limited inventory of bar licenses dominated proceedings during the August meetup. For those following along with this years main liquor story, a solitary bar license was punted over from July’s meeting; and on the docket for the August event – eleven different businesses hoping … Read more

The latest liquor news you don’t want to miss

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In his first meeting taking the reigns from former chairman John T. Nielsen, commissioner Thomas Jacobson ran a briskly paced meeting that sped through the docket at an enjoyable pace. A few notable items that came up: The list of businesses requiring extended closures has slowly been whittled down to just a small handful. Publik … Read more

June liquor news, DABC winners and losers

A jumbo sized June DABC meeting topped the three hour mark with plenty of noteworthy action. During the first in person meetup in over a year, chairman John T. Nielsen (Feb 2013) and commissioner Bateman (dec 2014) said their farewells, stepping down from their roles after significant stints; the duo signing onto the roles in … Read more

Whats on sale at the liquor store this June, and other alcohol news

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This is your monthly reminder that one of my favorite websites in Utah is back with their latest roundup of what we can all agree is critical reporting – what’s on sale at the liquor store this June. Drink In Utah report each and every month on the pricing and inventory changes at DABC stores, … Read more

Bountiful bar loses license after 18 years, other liquor news

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An eighteen-year paperwork snafu led to the loss of Bountiful’s only bar at a busy DABC meeting this month. The bar in question, The Fifth, underwent a change in business name way back in 2001. Changing from the Fifth Inc to the Fifth LLC; the change went unnoticed for close to two decades. Sadly the … Read more

All the discounts you can grab at the liquor store this month

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Check out the latest monthly DABC discount report from Drink In Utah; the website looks at all the discounts you can find on liquor store shelves, as well as items going up in price, new arrivals and products disappearing from stores. The website tries to call out local products worthy of attention with the a … Read more

Businesses push for liquor changes, new restaurants and closures

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Bars feeling the squeeze With current turbulence showing zero signs of abating, Utahs bars are experiencing some of the biggest disruptions to their businesses. I mean, hands up (carefully at six feet distance please) who’s been to a bar recently. No, me neither. A few options exist to recreate the bar experience from home right … Read more

Restaurants continue to open at speed, DABC axes inventory

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The re-opening continues If you’ve been checking the general news over the past week, you’ll have noted the unstoppable freight train that is the concerted effort to re-open. Buffets can now open with restriction while Millcreek eased patio dining rules recently. Restaurants have naturally been as keen as anyone to unlock their doors and cash … Read more

Latest from the DABC, restaurant closures, changes and other news

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DABC news The debate around Thai Archer’s limited service license application continued to rumble at the February DABC meeting. The commission has now formally concluded that the nearby Mc Kee Language School does meet the standard of a community location – this would ordinarily preclude a license for the business. A further meeting in March … Read more

DABC winners and losers, openings, closures and more

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For our first It’s A Wrap of the year – a bumper edition – recapping both December and January’s odds and ends. First up, what went down at the last couple DABC meetups. At the December meeting Thai Archer in Salt Lake City was sadly denied a limited service restaurant license (beer and wine) due … Read more

Restaurant closures, DABC latest and all the food news highlights

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DABC news In the absence of commissioner John T. Nielsen, vice-chairman Thomas Jacobson rattled through the November DABC get together at a brisk pace. As well as lots of newly minted restaurant licenses (see below), the commission confirmed that the state is currently out of bar licenses; moreover through 2020 only four more may be … Read more

Drink up – or the beer gets it

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“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” – so goes the variously attributed quote. Let me rephrase that into temporal parlance though if I may, “drink up or the beer is going down the drain“. Hopefully I have your attention… The plughole is the potential miserable fate … Read more

What Utah’s new liquor laws mean for the states shelves and taps

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Regardless of where your opinion lies surrounding the acrimony and controversy of Utah’s impending beer law update – one fact is true above all others – 5% ABV beers will be hitting shelves and taps around Utah in barely a few week’s time. 4% brews will start to disappear one by one – thought not … Read more

Free dessert and tacos, DABC news, restaurant closures and deals galore

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DABC News A relatively short DABC meeting for September with notably less action than usual. The most noteworthy item was the minor-kerfuffle over the Park City Smith’s location trying to open an onsite beer bar. Commissioners expressed concern over the layout of the proposed space. The 25 seater, beer only bar, looks set to replicate … Read more

Five point oh – coming to grocery shelves near you

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You’ve probably been watching the ongoing shenanigans regarding the recent legislative session and how law makers are handling the nationwide wind down of 3.2 beer. Well this week it finally seems that headway has been made, with allowances for slightly stronger beer to hit grocery store shelves near you soon. The original SB132 bill sought … Read more