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Booze Gets the Axe

Or maybe more accurately, the axe doesn’t get the booze. As the Salt Lake Tribune reports, legislation recently enacted in the Beehive State bars an axe-throwing venue in the city of Ogden from obtaining a license to sell beer. Ditto for a karaoke bar in Salt Lake City. The reason? Lawmakers say neither meets the criteria for a “recreational amenity” under HB 453, which sets out specifics for who can and cannot sell brew to their customers. Appropriate recreational businesses, according to lawmakers, include bowling alleys, golf courses and tennis clubs, or something “substantially similar.” Which means I know what new activities those rejected venues ought to add to their offerings.