Scarce Utah liquor licenses in demand

From McClatchey-Tribune Information Services

SALT LAKE CITY, UT -- Restaurants vying for a dwindling number of liquor licenses are playing a game of chance.

On Thursday, liquor-control commissioners gave out permits to seven lucky restaurants, which can now serve all types of alcohol -- reducing the number of remaining liquor licenses to one.

Four other restaurants snapped up limited-service licenses that allow diners to order beer and wine with their meals; 11 of those permits are available this fiscal year.

"We're quickly running out of licenses," said Sharon Mackay, spokeswoman for the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. "In the coming months, we're expecting to see some jockeying for the few licenses that are left."

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