LAYTON -- The city's newest restaurant officially opened Feb. 17, even though the Japanese eatery was not complete.
The problem was fixed this week when the city granted Happy Hashi an on-premise liquor license during a special city council meeting.
Thursday's meeting was scheduled to be a strategic planning session, but because the next city council meeting was not until April 5, city officials gave public notice and added the issue to the agenda.
"Happy Hashi has been very well received in Layton," said Ben Hart, Layton's economic development specialist.
"They have a business model and know what they want to do to be successful, so they wanted to get this license approved as quickly as possible. Our city council wants to support the businesses in our community."
The restaurant at 630 Ring Road offers Japanese specialty lunch and dinner menus, including a full sushi menu. A chef prepares dinners in front of guests at a teppanyaki-style table.
With the restaurant being so close to Layton Hills Mall, shoppers watched construction on the building for nearly seven months.
"There was great anticipation for them to open up, and since then, we've had a lot of great compliments from people around the city," said Gaylen Spencer, general manager of the mall.
"They have a great lunch crowd and great dinner crowd."
Crews remodeled an existing building that had been vacant for 10 to 15 years.
"They put a lot of money into the building to revamp it and make it nice," Hart said.
"To see that kind of investment come into that area is a great thing."