Utah liquor board scraps proposed restaurant rule

Tuesday , August 27, 2013 - 2:08 PM

Michelle L. Price

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s liquor board has scrapped a proposal requiring restaurants to get verbal confirmation that a customer ordering an alcoholic drink will pair it with a food order.

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission was considering the proposal to tell restaurants how to abide by one of Utah’s more restrictive liquor laws, which bars restaurants from serving alcohol without purchased food.

Utah’s Legislature tried to clarify the law earlier this year, saying alcoholic beverages can be served as long as customers indicate they intend to dine as well.

The state alcohol commission had been weighing several proposals to define “intent to dine,” over the past month, but decided Tuesday that the proposals muddled the matter.

Critics have said the proposal was silly and would create awkward situations for customers and servers.

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