September 11-15, 2017


Utah Allows Some Flexibility with 'Intent to Dine' Law

After weeks of discussion, liquor commissioners on Tuesday declined to make a rule governing when imbibers in restaurants may legally order a drink, opting instead to allow eateries to decide how to comply with a new law. The law, HB240, which went into effect in May, clarifies that restaurant patrons may order an alcoholic drink as long as they show an "intent" to buy food. Commissioners with the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control typically establish rules after legislation is enacted but decided that in this instance restaurants can police themselves. (The Salt Lake Tribune)