Utah has a drinking problem. But not the kind that can be addressed by Alcoholics Anonymous.
Legitimate entrepreneurs with sound business plans are held back by arbitrary state regulations that, were they impeding the progress of any other business, would be roundly criticized by many Utah lawmakers as nanny-state big-brotherism. But, because the limits are halting plans to open restaurants and taverns in growing areas along the Wasatch Front, the frustration only builds.
Arbitrary limits for the number of liquor licenses that can be authorized in any jurisdiction, based on population figures, were revised downward some time ago. The result was that some of Utah found itself oversubscribed in the number of permits issued. Now 18 applications for club licenses are stymied and applicants may have to wait months, or even years, to receive their golden ticket.