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Diners at the La Frontera restaurant in St. George will be able to enjoy a beer with their smothered burrito after all.
The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control on Tuesday granted the Mexican restaurant a beer-only liquor license.
Last month, owner Terry Montano, was in tears after the liquor commission denied her request for a beer and wine license because her restaurant the newest location in the Utah family-owned La Frontera chain is located within 384 feet of a Mormon meetinghouse.
Under state law, bars and restaurants are prohibited from serving liquor if they are within 600 feet of a church, school or park. A business can apply for a variance or exception to the state law if it gets local city council approval which Montano did.
The business also must convince the DABC commission through statistical data that the license will satisfy an unmet demand in the area and there is no reasonable alternative.
Montano, who was not able to attend Tuesday's meeting, changed her request to a beer-only license. She also submitted new information showing that the area where the restaurant is located is "mostly residential and there are no other commercial areas where she can move," said Nina McDermott, the DABC's director of compliance and licensing enforcement.
With the new information, the board voted 5-0 to grant the license.