After years of wrangling, and protests from the Food Service Industry, the Mormon-Controlled legislators along with the Mormon Governor spent the LAST year completely, according to them, re-writing and “SIMPLIFYING” those laws so Utah’s Non-Mormon Guests could enjoy a glass of wine with their dinner without having to buy a membership in a *Private Club* or going through other ridiculous requirements.
Have they made it simpler for a vacationing Lutheran to enjoy that glass of wine? Hah. Take a read here on the “NEW” legislation Gov. Huntsman is about to sign off on:
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Zion curtain’s downfall may add to confusion
By Dawn House The Salt Lake Tribune
Updated: 03/26/2009 11:25:31 AM MDT
**I have only included parts of the article that describe some of the changes…if you want to read the entire article, it’s at this URL: Zion Curtain’s Downfall may add to Confusion
**I’d best “esplain, Ricky”, the infamous “Zion Curtain” was a required 2 ft high barrier wall (could be glass) HAD to exist between the bartender mixing drinks and the customer. The waiter would take your order, disappear behind the curtain to mix, then return, and your innocent children would not KNOW what evil had transpired. So here we go:
The infamous Zion Curtain will be taken down from Utah restaurants, replaced by a bevy of rules designed to shield children from seeing bartenders mixing cocktails and the sight of open bottles of liquor.
The mandates pose restrictions that will apply to restaurants built after the law takes effect but not to existing eateries, raising questions about whether some of the regulations may be vulnerable to a court challenge.
The legislation does away with the Zion Curtain, a glass barrier in restaurant bars that servers must walk around to distribute drinks to patrons. And, bartenders will be allowed to pass a drink to a patron across the bar.
Restaurants that start construction after May 12, however, will need a separate area for mixing drinks and storing liquor bottles. The state’s 774 existing restaurants will be grandfathered, as will establishments on which construction was started before the May date. But restaurants that are remodeled or expanded could loose their grandfather status.
There’s more. Under the legislation, children may not linger or sit at bar areas in grandfathered restaurants, but at new eateries they will be able to — in areas referred to in the legislation as “counters.”
Once the liquor bottles are opened in restaurants built after May 12, the containers must be out of sight.
Restaurants in the planning stages of construction will have to wait before owners will know what floor plans will be permitted
That’s a lot of confusion, said Melva Sine, president of the Utah Restaurant Association, which will push for changes during the legislative session next year.
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And a couple of the funniest readers have commented online:
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**I’m wondering why the legislators haven’t taken on deserts. The weight problem is much more prevalent than seeing alcoholic beverages. Driving while fat can make it difficult to steer. Being too short is even more dangerous. When are they going to protect us from short people?**
**Do you think they will ever legalize adulthood in utah**
**Okay… So the story goes like this. A man in his late twenties walks into a bar – ahem! – a restaurant in Utah and in walks a Catholic priest and a Jewish rabbi.
The man in his late twenties orders a beer, the Catholic priest orders a single malt Scotch on the rocks, and the Jewish rabbi orders a gin and tonic. But alas, as luck would have it, the three men were told by a server that they had to order food with their drink.
Frustrated, they got up and left, and headed for a bar down the street. Not having to buy a membership they ordered their favorite drink, without incidence, and lived happily ever after.**
**What offends me is all the mormons at work who bring in cookies, candy, cake and eat it like there is no tomorrow. Not once considering we pay for their health care costs once they go on medicare due to heart failure or diabetic complications.**
**better to restrict childrens dining to golden corral, home towne buffet, chuckarama and the like. hate to see em witness someone pouring a beer or glass of wine.**
**More alcohol makes all your wives look better**
**I saw this on a t-shirt in SLC, UT many years ago:
It said on the front of the t-shirt, “If you think Utah’s liquor laws are funny”… On the back it said, “You should see their underwear”...**
**You know why you need to take 2 Mormons with you when you go fishing? ANS: If you only take one, he’ll drink all your beer.**
And the BEST:
**woo hoo Utah is legalizing booze while the rest of the country is starting to legalize weed-they are still a hundred years behind.**
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Hilarious! I WELL remember living in Utah during the “private club” days. It made me feel I was in with the “cool kids”….. SO, kids, remember, if you’re preparing to go to Utah, get ready to be treated like either a 1) child, or 2) alcoholic drunk by the Mormons giving you a cocktail. The waiters will be cool about it, it’s the people in the restaurant NEXT to you that occasionally will, you know, give you “the look”.
Oh reading this reminded me just how happy I was to have moved out of there in 1978. I suppose they were happy to see me go. I KNOW there are blue laws in the south today, thanks to religions (Thanks, Southern Baptists)…….but I think there’s a slight difference between a redneck in Utah and one in Alabama (excuse the dated Palin inclusion):
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