State liquor commission struggles with new restaurant service rules

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  • Utah_1 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 31, 2013 10:12 a.m.

    The previous law wasn't clear enough that someone could be sipping on their wine while they were reading the menu and the liquor cops were causing restaurants grief all of a sudden with no change in the law.

    So the restaurants wanted a clarification in the law (that passed this year) that it was fine to be sipping wine at olive garden while you are reading the menu.

    Why don't they leave it at that and tell the liquor cops they are in violation of the law. Dabc even having the discussion means they totally missed it.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    July 30, 2013 6:39 p.m.

    A stupid law.

    Not as stupid as Utah liquor laws were int he past, but still stupid.

    Change it next session. And, get the state out of the "state liquor store" business and privatize that with whatever rules and taxes you want, but we don't need state employees running wholesale and retail operations that hundreds of private businesses can do faster, better and cheaper, saving taxpayers millions of dollars in operational costs and retirement benefits.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    July 30, 2013 6:05 p.m.

    Problematic situations should be rare. Waitstaff commonly take drink orders at the time patrons are seated, usually simultaneously with the appetizer order. If an appetizer is ordered, that's food, and the law has been satisfied. There is no need to grill the customer as to intent. If the customers don't order food with the drinks, but are seriously perusing the menu, the waitstaff can make a reasoned judgment of intent to eat. The problems arise from uncommon situations, such as patrons being seated temporarily while waiting for a table to become available who want a drink while they wait. It's no big deal for waitstaff to explain the law and ask if the diners intend to eat. It happens all the time. Sure, someone can game the system and say they changed their mind about eating after being served a drink, but that has to be the exception. There is no point in excessively burdening the normal patron to catch the outlier.

    The DABC commissioners might have a better shot at crafting the regulations if some of them had ever actually been in the position of ordering a drink at a restaurant.

  • Vincent Vega Orem, UT
    July 30, 2013 5:18 p.m.

    This state is so backwards