LAYTON -- The Courtyard by Marriott can now serve alcohol at banquets.
The city council recently approved an on-premise banquet liquor license for Western States Lodging in regard to its Courtyard by Marriott hotel at 1803 Woodland Park Drive.
The license is for banquets only, and should be a factor as the hotel looks to book events for out-of-town guests.
"This does give them the opportunity as a banquet facility to serve liquor and the good thing that I see about something like that is the people who are going to be drinking are going to be drinking there inside of the facility and then will probably go to their rooms and go to bed," said Layton Mayor Steve Curtis. "They're not going to go out on the street because they're there for a conference or a convention."
In order to get the liquor license, the hotel had to meet certain criteria.
It could not be within 600 feet of any public park or private school, church, public library, public playground, school playground or park measured by the shortest pedestrian or vehicular route.
It also had to be more than 200 feet, measured in a straight line, away from the nearest entrance of the hotel to the nearest property boundary of any public or private school, church, public library, public playground or park
Currently there are no parks, schools, libraries or churches within either of those distances to the banquet facilities of the hotel, so the location meets criteria.
Following her presentation to the city council last week about tourism in Davis County and specifically Layton, Barbara Riddle, president and CEO of the Davis Area Convention Visitors Bureau, was asked her thoughts on the banquet license, which the council had approved minutes earlier. She said she agreed with the council's decision.
"They have meeting space available so they are able to host banquets in their areas and they need to have that capability to be able to serve a glass of wine or a beer with a banquet in order to be able to service their customers," Riddle said. "Anything Layton can do to make it more hospitable to any visitors coming into our community is a positive for our community."
She pointed out that the Courtyard by Marriott's banquet center likely will not just cater to visitors from out-of-state.
"You may have some local companies as well that would prefer to book a more intimate or a smaller hotel venue for a party of some sorts or more of a dinner," Riddle said. "So it's not just only people from out of town, but there are groups who like to have a reception or a dinner as well that may be a local company."