Liquor laws: Please make it stop!

Just when you thought the crazy pills were wearing off, the Utah DABC comes up with a new rule to prove Utah floats in a bizarre parallel universe.

Beginning May 9, Utah restaurants that serve alcohol and bars must display an 8 1/2” by 11” sign designating whether they are a “restaurant” or a “bar.”

Something like this:

This premise is licensed as a restaurant

Not a bar

Imagine for a moment you are someone lucky enough to only be visiting Utah and you saw that sign. Would you:

A. Believe you could order a drink.

B. Leave to try to find restaurant that serves alcohol.

C. Question the sanity of the people who posted it.

D. Chuckle about “pain-in-the-a** Utah” and Instagram the sign to the rest of the nation.

(Businesses licensed as a bar will have to display the opposite message.)

It’s part of the liquor law overhaul/convention-expulsion program passed by the Legislature that includes a “Zion” curtains, moats, fences and the lowest-in-the-nation DUI blood-alcohol level.

Of course, social media is having a field day.

Glen Warchol
Glen Warchol
The late, great Glen Warchol passed away in 2018. His last billet was on the editorial staff here at Salt Lake magazine but his storied career included stops at The Salt Lake Tribune, The Desert News, The New Times and others. His stories haunt this website like ghosts in a machine and we're always happy to see them. RIP Papa Warchol.

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