Significant changes are on the way for Liquor Laws in Utah. H.B. 442 passed the legislature on March 8, 2017 and Governor Herbert signed it into law March 29, 2017. The new law makes numerous changes to how restaurants, dining clubs and off-premise beer retailers will operate. These changes will create opportunities for some, and present significant challenges for others. Following is a summary of some of the more meaningful changes for businesses. Note that the law affects many licensees though, so we encourage anyone who sells alcohol in Utah to discuss the changes with their attorney.
Restaurants and Bars
The law replaces the current Restaurant – Dining Club – Social Club structure with two categories: Restaurants and Bars, making Dining Clubs obsolete. Bars and restaurants will have to start displaying an 8.5 x 11 sign declaring that they are either a bar or a restaurant, and not the other.
On the good news front, restaurants will be able to choose how they want to operate their own bars from the following three options:
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