restaurant industry

2:26 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Ogden Restaurant Raises Funds for Immigrant Scholarships

A restaurant in Ogden is trying to help first generation immigrant students finish college. On Thursday, the Sonora Grill will raise funds for a scholarship program. One hundred percent of all sales and contributions throughout the day will go directly to pay the tuition for immigrant students attending Weber State University. Sonora Grill owner Steven Ballard says he’s met a lot of immigrants working in the restaurant business.

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Business & Labor
2:22 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Market Street Broiler and Oyster Bar Near U Closes

A restaurant near the University of Utah has closed, and a liquor license may be opening up. The Market Street Broiler shut its doors Monday, though it had only recently opened an oyster bar upstairs with a newly granted club license.

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Business & Labor
10:25 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Zion Curtain Survives Legislative Session

Sen. John Valeninte, R-Orem, stands behind Rep. Ryan Wilcox,R-Ogden, as he presents conference committee report to House.
Brian Grimmett

Hear the full report.

The Zion Curtain  - the barrier shielding restaurant customers form the preparation of alcoholic beverages - will stand this year, despite attempts by state House members to tear it down.  But some changes to alcohol laws did pass, including the ability for restaurant chains to get a single master liquor license. 

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Business & Labor
4:57 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Utah House Approves of Drinking Alcohol Before Ordering Food and other Changes to Liquor Laws

HB218 would create more liquor licenses for dining clubs such as Market Street Oyster Bar (pictured) in Salt Lake City.

The Utah House of Representatives voted Monday to allow restaurant patrons to order drinks before ordering food.  House Bill 218 would also make more liquor permits available for certain types of dining establishments. 

Under current statute, restaurant customers are required to order food if they want to order an alcoholic drink.  If they don’t, the restaurant may be fined 500 dollars, which happened to several Utah establishments recently.  Republican Gage Froerer of Huntsville says his bill will clarify the state’s policy and prevent future fines.

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Business & Labor
10:19 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Utah Legislature Approves 90 New Liquor Licenses

Senate Bill 4001 was approved by a majority of lawmakers.
Andrea Smardon

State lawmakers have given the green light to 90 new liquor licenses for restaurants in Utah.  It was one of the issues decided in a special session Wednesday called by Governor Gary Herbert. 

President of the Utah Restaurant Association Melva Sine says these new licenses will be snapped up fast, and were needed for the industry to continue to grow in Utah.

“We have a critical issue here, and they’ve addressed it in the best way possible in the shortest amount of time possible, so we’re happy with that,” said Sine.

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