Letter: DABS should let Woody’s Tavern keep its liquor license

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Woody's Tavern, pictured Friday, Sept. 17, 2021.

Woody’s Tavern in Moab deserves better than to strip it of its liquor license, resulting in certain closure.

The Salt Lake Tribune (Robert Gehrke, Nov. 16) was right in stating the BS in the DABS’ new name: What service is the commission providing by leaning into a trivial technicality, unintentionally caused and in a time during which many small businesses were forced to close because of complications from the COVID pandemic and subsequent supply chain congestion? One would think some leniency would be granted, given the “right to work state” that Utah government claims it to be.

I am a Moab native who now lives in Salt Lake City, and I am astounded at the ill-founded reasoning and lack of vision, if the commission decides to actually go through with this. Do you not realize the impact this will have? Not only on the owners, but on the gig workers, including bartenders, cleaning people, and musicians, trying to scrape together earnings to survive in the inflated economy of the otherwise thriving tourist town Moab has become?

I implore you to do the right thing, and to not remove Woody’s liquor license, which will assuredly cause closure of this longtime and internationally known establishment.

Bill Stoye, Salt Lake City

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