Restaurant should post hours of alcohol service

Thursday , June 12, 2014 - 4:49 PM


One fine day I was going to the movies and went early because sometimes I like to have an alcoholic beverage before a movie. The restaurant/sports bar in Ogden opened at 11 a.m. and my movie was at 11/45 a.m., which was perfect timing. When 11 a.m. rolled around, I went and sat down to what I thought was an “open for business” establishment, and to my disbelief, the server said, “I’m sorry, sir. We don’t serve alcohol until 11:30 a.m.”

That means the business is only half-open or half-closed to me. I’m not sure, but let’s ponder a the sheer stupidity of the situation with a few comparisons.

One, I’m going to open a gas station at 11 a.m., but I don’t pump gas until 11:30 a.m. What part if ridiculousness does this seem like? Two, I’m a carpenter needing supplies for a job and I roll into a home improvement store, which opens at 11 a.m. and the supplies I need are not sold until 11:30 a.m. Really? What kind of lawmakers or rule makers come up with these kinds of situations? Again, sheer stupidly comes to mind.

Utah, whether it likes it or not, is part of the U.S. where having freedom of choices is part of our basis of government.

The bottom line is, if a business is open for business, then it’s open, period, regardless of what’s being sold. Also, false advertising comes to mind in the form of being half-open. The establishment should stay “Open at 11 a.m. for food and non-alcoholic beverages. Fully open at 11:30 a.m.”

Please, for those who come up with this kind of mentality, please get a brain, or at the very least, act like you have one now.

James Hudson


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