Proposed liquor law worries some Uthans

PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - The Department of Alcohol Beverage Control has proposed a new measure that would require restaurant patrons to promise to order food in order to receive alcoholic beverages.
PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - The Department of Alcohol Beverage Control has proposed a new measure that would require restaurant patrons to promise to order food in order to receive alcoholic beverages.

The board of commissioners met Tuesday morning, heard testimonies, but in the end, they decided to postpone the vote, while they gather more information.

The fact that they’re discussing this at all has some people worried.

"I question laws that would make people feel uncomfortable."

Joel Racker, President/CEO, Utah Valley Convention Visitor's Bureau, wants people to feel welcome.

"To be questioned and put on the spot I think is burdensome whether it be a local or a visitor."

A proposed rule would require restaurant servers to ask if customers ordering alcohol will also order food.

"They need to interpret in favor of the visitor and not feel like they have to prove themselves or have to make a declaration of what their intent is."

Greg Thurgood, General Manager of La Jolla Groves in Provo, says the rule wouldn't change much at La Jolla Groves in Provo.

“If they'd like to have drinks then we usually say we also have to have some type of food to be brought out whether it be appetizers or entrees."

Racker still worries about the future.

"People are going to go somewhere where they feel more welcome."

The next time commissioners will meet to discuss the issue won't be until August.
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