Utah restaurant owners rejoice: Puzzling signs may come down

A sign is shown at the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in Salt Lake City. A new law requires bar and restaurant owners in Utah to hang a sign by their door disclosing the business' serving intentions. Starting on May 9 it will be illegal in the state for a restaurant not to have a sign saying, "This premise is licensed as a restaurant. Not a bar." Bars will have to hang a sign saying, "This premise is licensed as a bar. Not a restaurant." (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah restaurant owners are happy that they may no longer have to post signs near their doors clarifying their establishments aren’t bars. They say the requirement created last year was unnecessary and only added to the confusion for visitors and newcomers about Utah’s liquor laws.

Bar owners are disappointed, though, that the legislative proposal unveiled Thursday by Rep. Brad Wilson doesn’t free them from the obligation to post signs that say they aren’t restaurants. They say that leads people to think they don’t serve food.

The signs were part of a massive liquor-reform bill passed and signed last year.

Wilson, the House Majority Leader and a Kaysville Republican, said Friday he’s keeping the signs for bars but not restaurants to ensure kids don’t go into bars.

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