'Bout Time in Holladay finally gets a club license
It's about time.
After waiting three and a half years, the 'Bout Time Pub and Grub in Holladay was granted one of the state's coveted club licenses on Tuesday.
The state liquor commission had only one club license to hand out at its monthly meeting, and it was a fight between 'Bout Time and Escala Provisions Company in Park City, which has been waiting only 14 months.
The commission voted 3-2 in favor of 'Bout Time.
Commissioner John Nelson said he had visited the establishment at 6522 S. Big Cottonwood Canyon, which has been operating with a full-service restaurant liquor license since opening. Nelson said it has an impressive employee training program and has had no liquor violations.
"Not to sound cavalier, but it's about time to give them a license," Nelson said.
But several of 'Bout Time's other locations it has eight do not have a spotless record.
It was that company history that led Commissioners David Gladwell and Jeff Wright to vote against motion.
'Bout Time owner Tim Ryan said he has paid fines, suffered losses and endured multiple visits from undercover investigators so many that he now recognizes them when they come into his establishment.
"After three years of waiting," he said. "I hope the commission knows we've paid our dues."
Ryan said that with a club license, his customers are no longer required to order food with their alcoholic drinks.
Eleven businesses are still waiting for club licenses, but the alcohol department does not expect to have another license available until January.