BY MELINDA WILLIAMS
Clipper Staff Writer
WOODS CROSS – El Rocoto Chicken & Grill Peruvian Cuisine received the local consent it needed to request a state liquor license from the state at the Woods Cross City Council meeting on Tuesday night.
The city is reviewing the restaurant’s application for a beer license, but applied to the state for a liquor licenses.
The Peruvian eater is at 512 W. 750 South.
The routine consent was brought to the council because city attorney Mike Mazaran said the city’s ordinance didn’t clearly state who is to give the consent.
Council members voted unanimously to issue the local consent. No representative of the restaurant attended and no residents attended the meeting on the matter.
The local consent doesn’t ensure it will get one of the prized liquor licenses.
“I don’t know how likely they are to get this,” community development director Tim Stephens told the council. “There have been a few (liquor licenses) open up but with the competition, I don’t even know if they’ll get it.”
The restaurant is in a business park, and is not near any public buildings. Utah law prohibits alcohol being served within 600 feet of a public building unless a variance is in place.
Woods Cross has three restaurants with beer licenses and one restaurant with a full-service liquor license.
Liquor licenses for restaurants differ from licenses for bars because in restaurants, patrons must order food to be served alcohol. Furthermore, at least 70 percent of total sales from restaurants with liquor licenses must be for products other than alcohol. Compared to bar licenses, restaurant licenses are much easier to obtain.