Take It Outside: Popular University of Idaho Bar Goes Dry

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Things are a lot quieter at a popular bar near the University of Idaho

The Idaho liquor license for The Perch, on University Avenue in Moscow, allowed the tavern to serve alcohol for years under the provision that it also sell food. When The Perch was sold in 2013 its new owner presumed that everything would remain the same, but officials with Idaho State Police Alcohol Beverage Control said The Perch was being run primarily as a bar, forcing the new owner to reapply for an alcohol license.

Now a nearby church has challenged the new liquor license application, citing a section of Idaho Code that forbids a tavern within 300 feet of a house of worship. 

According to KREM 2, in Spokane, The Perch has been ordered to stop serving alcohol. The tavern can still sell prepackaged beer and wine, but it can't be consumed on the premises.

Meanwhile, the new owner said he still needs to convince officials that 40 percent of his revenue comes from food sales.