While the economic shutdown has been tough on the Utah food industry, it hasn’t prevented some business owners from launching new places to drink and dine.

Earlier this week, the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control commission approved liquor licenses for two new bars and five new restaurants.

After more than year on the list, Redemption in Herriman received a bar license as did South Salt Lake’s newest brewery, Grid City Beer Works.

The liquor commission decided not to hand out the third available bar permit, even though there are 12 businesses on the waiting list.

The soon-to-open restaurants that will be allowed to sell alcohol along with food are:

  • Chettinad House, Salt Lake City.
  • Shake Shack, Murray.
  • Slapfish, Park City.
  • Lighthouse Seafood & Grill, Cedar City.
  • Outlaw’s Roost, Hanksville.