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Salt Lake City residents took their case to state liquor-control commissioners Tuesday in an attempt to keep a tavern out of their Foothill neighborhood.
No decision was made on granting a liquor permit to Brewhaha Bar & Grill near 2100 East and 1300 South. But commissioners with the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said they will discuss the issue at their Aug. 27 meeting.
Commissioners postponed their decision to clarify what local officials will do. Bar owner Bryce Jones is scheduled to appear before the Salt Lake City Planning Commission on Aug. 14 to ask for a conditional-use permit.
Although business owners must comply with local zoning ordinances, only the state issues liquor licenses.
About 20 people attended the Tuesday meeting; most were opposed to the tavern, citing safety and traffic issues.
The property has 17 parking spaces. In addition, Jones said, there are about 100 public parking spaces near the bar on main thoroughfares.
Marie Cornwall, who lives nearby on Sherman Avenue, said the neighborhood has been through this before with the Dodo restaurant. Parking became such a problem that residents were forced to purchase special permits "to park in front of our own homes. We don't want to pay the cost of this becoming successful. We're worried about what this will do to our quiet neighborhood."
But Robin Harmston, who has three young children, welcomed the tavern as a "community builder" within walking distance for many residents.
"I don't always want my kids with me," she said. "I want an adult place to go."
The bar would offer coffee and light breakfast beginning at 6 a.m. and would have a drive-up window, the owner explained. It would operate seven days a week.
In compliance with Utah law, the tavern would serve beer with 3.2 percent alcohol content from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday closing hours would be extended to midnight. The tavern's lunch and dinner menu would feature deli-style food with sandwiches and soups.
Including seating for 57 outside, the pub would have a capacity of 148.