Sure, that Sounds Like a Good use of Public Funds
Via the Salt Lake Tribune: Utah liquor cops clamp down on drinks before food
Compliance officers and the state’s liquor-control agency say they are warning owners that their employees are in violation of Utah law if they serve alcohol before diners actually request food. To back up the effort, authorities in undercover stings have issued citations to eateries for this type of violation, which in the past was rarely enforced.
Vickie Ashby denied there had been any broad change of policy. She referred to a statute which states “restaurant licensee may not sell, offer for sale, or furnish an alcoholic product except in connection with an order for food prepared, sold, and furnished at the licensed premises.”
Ashby added that because some restaurants were not following the law, the DABC issued a reminder within the body of a holiday newsletter. Under the title, “Warning!” it said in bold print that to avoid penalties “the best practice would be to require that the food order be placed prior to service of the alcoholic beverage.”
I am guessing you can’t get freedom fries in Utah…
On the one hand, I find this to be rather silly. On the other, it clearly reflects the basic political culture of the place.