Who knew the Utah Legislature was going through an existential crisis during its last session? Well, they were. Because inside the 144-page bill relating to alcohol regulation was a new requirement for bars and restaurants to post signs announcing to the world that they are … bars and restaurants.
The purpose, of course, is to protect innocent children from seeing the demon rum. As is the purpose of every draconian Utah alcohol law. But every year the Legislature takes a step forward like loosening the ridiculous Zion Curtain requirements (with an "upgrade" to the Zion Moat) it takes two steps back.
These signs, for instance. The Legislature eliminated the distinction between a dining club and a social club and now require all establishments to choose whether they are a restaurant or a bar, and post a sign that reads "This is a restaurant," or "This is a bar."