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LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- A change in the way state alcohol regulators measure distance should mean a new grill in downtown Logan can easily secure a liquor license.
The Iron Gate Grill on Church Street is either 448 feet from the north edge of the Logan Tabernacle grounds, or 702 feet -- depending on where you cross the street.
State law requires liquor-serving business to be 600 feet from any church.
But the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control recently decided to use legal crosswalks -- not the shortest pedestrian routes -- when measuring distances.
Under those rules, the grill is farther from the tabernacle, so grill owners don't need the approval of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which owns the tabernacle, before seeking a license.
A license hearing before the DABC Board is set for Oct. 27.
Information from: The Herald Journal
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