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Trial set in lawsuit against Utah's DABC over lost bar license

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Posted at 12:00 PM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 14:00:59-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A judge has scheduled a trial later this month for a bar suing Utah's alcohol control authority over the loss of its liquor license.

Court records show 3rd District Court Judge Laura Scott scheduled a two-day trial in T & J Jazz Holdings' lawsuit against Utah's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The company, which owns Button Down, has sued the state alleging that its liquor license was improperly forfeited.

The DABC forfeited the bar's license over an ownership stake disclosure issue, and turned around and gave the license to someone else. That prompted Judge Scott to allow the bar to serve without a license, but under a court order while the case is pending.

A social media post shows Button Down appears to have been closed since late April due to the COVID-19 pandemic.