New Utah liquor law still considered confusing

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 12:39 PM


SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Legislature tried earlier this year to clarify one of the state's restrictive liquor laws - that restaurants cannot serve alcohol unless a patron is ordering food.

But some say the new law is still unclear, and now the state's liquor board is considering a rule requiring servers to get verbal confirmation that restaurant patrons intend to order food.

Critics say the rule is silly and creates awkward situations. Defenders of the regulation say it keeps restaurants distinct from bars.

The Deseret News reports the state alcohol board will consider a proposal in upcoming weeks requiring restaurants to get verbal confirmation from customers that they intend to order food. The rule allows customers to have one alcoholic drink before ordering food.

A legislative committee has to sign off on the rule.

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