Utah liquor board approves licenses for two new bars and five restaurants

The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Services’ commission rebuked a Japanese restaurant in Logan over its three liquor violations.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Yoko Taco is photographed on Thursday, April 28, 2022. The restaurant received a liquor license on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023.

Utah’s liquor commission approved liquor licenses Thursday for two new bars and five new restaurants, and also showed some leniency by approving licenses for four restaurants that aren’t yet ready to open.

The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Services commission also rebuked Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar in Logan, which has gotten three violations involving selling alcohol to minors, one in 2021, one in June and one in September. On Thursday, the liquor board told the owner that if the restaurant received another violation, the board would suspend its liquor license.

“It’s not hard to check an ID,” said commissioner Juliette Tennert. “I just need to understand why this happened.”

The owner said they had since modified their employee training practices, but the commission didn’t seem satisfied with that answer. The board moved to table the discussion for now, and have the owner of Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse come to the next meeting with a detailed plan on how they could avoid a fourth violation.

The next meeting of the liquor board will be Nov. 30.

Bars that got new liquor licenses

2 Row Brewing • This brewery is located at 6856 S. 300 West in Midvale, and strives for “excellence in every brew,” according to 2RowBrewing.com.

2 Row Brewing is now opening a tap room, according to its Instagram account @2rowbrewing, and will serve its own craft beer along with food, including sandwiches and appetizers, until they expand the kitchen.

Some of 2 Row Brewing’s beers include the Feelin’ Hazy, a 9.0% ABV New England style double IPA, and the “It’s Not Just for Breakfast,” an 8.3% ABV imperial stout.

Last Call Sports Bar & Grill • This bar is located in Springville, at 135 N. 2000 West. According to Last Call Sports Bar & Grill’s Facebook page, this establishment’s grand opening will be Friday, Nov. 3, and among its offerings are coffee, karaoke and bingo.

The Historic Place • The longtime Ogden bar also was given a new license Thursday after surrendering its old one, in essentially a change-of-ownership situation.

Restaurants that got new liquor licenses

Canyon Steak and Waffle, 196 S. Main St., Moab.

The Notch Pub, 2392 E. Mirror Lake Highway, Samak (east of Kamas).

Yoko Taco, 285 W. 800 South, Salt Lake City.

11Hauz, 1241 Center Drive, Park City.

Hash Kitchen, 264 E. 12300 South, Draper.

Restaurants that got conditional licenses but aren’t ready to open

WildFin American Grill, in Station Park, 160 N. West Promontory, Farmington, projected opening Nov. 6.

STK Steakhouse, in The West Quarter, at 300 West and 100 South, Salt Lake City, projected opening Nov. 30.

Scelto, 849 E. 9400 South, Sandy, projected opening Dec. 1.

Bartolo’s, in Station Park, 895 W. East Promontory, Farmington, projected opening Dec. 5.