1 liquor license remains for Utah restaurants

1 liquor license remains for Utah restaurants

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah has one remaining liquor license for restaurants, although another one is expected to become available next month.

Utah uses a quota system to determine the number of liquor licenses it can issue based on the state's population, which is updated once a year in June. The state will add about one liquor license a month this year because of growth.

Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Chairman Sam Granato says the quotas need to go because they hamper economic development.

On Thursday, the DABC issued seven of the eight restaurant liquor licenses that were available.

The Iron Gate Grill in Logan had to withdraw its application because The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hadn't submitted a waiver allowing the restaurant to serve liquor within proximity of one of its churches.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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