Two liquor licenses snapped up at March DABC meeting

Bar setup at Copper Common in downtown SLC

After the damp squib that was 2022’s liquor legislation, it was a surprise to discover that two bar licenses ended up being dangled before covetous bar operators at the March DABC shindig. Previous meetups had suggested a solitary license would only become available in May through population increases. Supplementing a surprise March license then was … Read more

Utah liquor license crisis set to worsen according to reports

Punch Bowl Social - beer and biscuits, no more

Get ready for a fraught 2022 folks. Following this months DABC meeting, Ben Winslow confirmed via this story that the Utah legislature seems unmoved by the perilous state of Utah’s liquor license inventory. Indeed, things might actually get worse yet still – if that’s even possible. As part of the FOX13 story, Winslow highlighted the … Read more

Mythical Utah bar license spotted in the wild, then gobbled up

DABC commissioners gathered this week to debate the outcome of an unexpectedly available bar license – which at this point are right up there with unicorns in terms of improbability. Commissioners didn’t elaborate on the reasons behind the freed license, but if memory serves, one license was being held back pending ongoing litigation – presumably … Read more

Restaurant liquor licenses starting to feel the pressure

Crack Shack sandwiches (Crack Shack)

Welcome back to our monthly roundup of all things perfectly potable. While ordinarily I’d start with a raised eyebrow and nod to the state’s bar license crunch (there are presently ZERO available) there’s truthfully not much to talk about. So instead lets start with another looming area of concern… Full service restaurant licenses (beer, wine, … Read more

The latest liquor news you don’t want to miss

Eight Settlers - bar and dining room (Eight Settlers)

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

Epic Pakkā Hard Seltzer Company Releases Junipér

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

Generic beer photo

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

Restaurant closures, DABC latest and all the food news highlights

Spitz - doner wrap with beast mode upgrade

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

Tales from the DABC – September and October 2017

Chedda Burger - the dealer

September 2017 DABC meeting Tremonton Package Agency – Robert McLachlan appeared before the commission to explain a history of missing funds. Most recently the package agency experienced shortages in January ($3000), June ($11,000) and August ($2000). DABC staff noted McLachlan did make the DABC whole in each instance, from personal funds too. McLachlan explained he … Read more