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Club licenses granted to three Salt Lake City businesses
First Published Jan 29 2014 07:54 am • Last Updated Jan 30 2014 10:20 am

The state liquor commission handed out club licenses to three Salt Lake City businesses on Tuesday.

Market Street Broiler, The Annex by Epic Brewing and The Rest all received the club licenses, which means servers now can pour or prepare drinks in front of customers and customers can order alcoholic beverages without also ordering food.

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In addition, the commission also granted Red Rock Junction in Park City a summer seasonal club permit.

Handing out licenses was a welcome change from previous months when the liquor commission had one — or none — of the hard-to-come by licenses available.

Two of the club licenses became available during Tuesday’s meeting, when the commission revoked the permits for Club Expose in Salt Lake City and Frankie D’s in Moab.

Chung Jidai, the owner of Club Expose, had failed to reopen the club, at 204 W. 2100 South, in a reasonable amount of time after suffering fire damage. The business also failed to meet alcohol and food sales minimums, according to staff with the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (UDABC).

Frankie D’s license was revoked because it had changed ownership without informing the UDABC. The new owners have reapplied for a club license, but are now at the bottom of a list that includes 9 other applicants.

While it was good news for some businesses, Escala Provisions Company at the Hyatt Hotel in Park City walked away empty-handed again. The restaurant had waited 20 months for a club license and was at the top of the application list.

But a few weeks ago, the restaurant was cited for serving five undercover enforcement agents and two regular patrons alcohol without food. The commission typically skips over restaurants that incur liquor violations.

"I thought you’d be the one getting the license today," commissioner Kathleen McConkie Collinwood told the Escala representatives.

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