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Big names get last of Utah’s available liquor permits
Liquor » Buffalo Wild Wings and Hilton get full-service licenses.

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Lawmakers have refused to create any more bar permits, creating a backlog of applicants.

The number of available licenses are tied to a quota system related to the state’s population. Business owners in the past have unsuccessfully asked that lawmakers also factor in the number of tourists when determining the number of licenses.

At a glance

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar

Utah » Lehi restaurant opened in January; Layton location to open in August.

Restaurants » 827 eateries in 47 states and Canada.

Sales » $2 billion systemwide last year; revenue $220.5 million Q4 2011.

Company » Founded in 1982, with headquarters in Minneapolis.

Employees » 60,000; about 130 to 140 employees for each restaurant.

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In July, businesses that have licenses may sell their permits on the open market, which could go for thousands of dollars because of the dearth of permits. In other states that allow the private sale of licenses, such as Montana and New Jersey, permits have sold for more than $1 million dollars.



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