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LDS Church OKs Alcohol at Mall Restaurants

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The LDS church will allow restaurants at its mall redevelopment project in downtown Salt Lake to serve wine -- but it's drawing the line on Sunday shopping.

The arrangements were disclosed during a radio program hosted by Mayor Rocky Anderson with an official of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Church spokesman Dale Bills says the church will allow wine sales at a limited number of classy restaurants that open with the redevelopment of the Crossroads Plaza and ZCMI Center malls.

Anderson applauded the move and says the mall will make a great place to live. Plans call for up to 900 housing units on the Crossroads block.

The church keeps the ZCMI mall shut down on Sundays and plans the same for Crossroads after buying up that mall. Both front Main Street downtown.

Salt Lake Councilwoman Nancy Saxton says the church struck a good balance. She says Sundays aren't big shopping days in Utah, anyway.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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