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LOGAN, Utah — An alcohol regulatory agency in Utah has granted a Logan business a bar establishment license, making it the first new bar in the county not attached to a restaurant in about 30 years, officials said.

The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control granted the license to The Cache Venue on Tuesday, The Herald Journal reported.

Previously, The Cache Venue was operating a full bar tied to Gia’s Restaurant in the venue, but state law requires no more than 30% of its revenue could be from alcohol sales.

“Before, what would happen is sometimes someone would get one hamburger and three beers, and that would put our food sales in jeopardy,” said Mark Lunt, who co-owns The Cache Venue with his wife Janice Lunt and several shareholders. “We were juggling the 70-30.”

The most recent full-service liquor license not attached to a restaurant in Cache County was for the 3114 Aerie in 1991, and Mulligan’s Social Club in 1989. The most recent beer-only establishments given a license was for Sultan’s Tavern in 1994, and The White Owl in 1980.

“We still have some work to do with the renovations as well as hiring and training employees, curating a drink and food menu, reengaging with social media and staying compliant with COVID,” General Manager Taylor Lawin said. “We are super excited to be opening, but we also know there will be some unique challenges when we do reopen.”

Lunt said they began renovating the space after COVID-19 restrictions caused them to shut down. He expects to reopen by the end of the month.

Director of Communications Terry Wood said there were nine applicants for the state liquor license, and The Cache Venue received the only license granted in the Tuesday meeting. The department gives priority to underserved areas, such as the Northern Utah college town.

“There’s more people applying for them than there is granting them,” Wood said, “and The Cache Venue has been asking for a license for some time.”

Department officials say there are currently 77 businesses with alcohol licenses in Cache County, and 54 are in Logan.

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