A good wine has to age. A proposal for a proper set of laws on where Salt Lake City would allow neighborhood pubs is, at more than two years old, ready to be poured.
In December of 2009, Mayor Ralph Becker's proposal to ease the city's zoning restrictions on taverns, dining clubs, social clubs and other establishments with the odd names required by Utah's even odder liquor laws had its first hearing before the Salt Lake City Planning Commission. That body approved the proposal the next month and sent it to the City Council for final action. Where it has sat ever since.
Now, the council has signaled that it is ready to resolve the issue. Which is exactly what it should do, without unnecessary delay but with, perhaps, a tweak or two that could ease concerns of some homeowners who aren't too fond of the idea of a big, noisy bar opening up in their neighborhood.