I just heard this. Restaurants at the new City Creek Mall cannot validate parking if they serve wine or beer! Perhaps this needs some confirmation, but it appears another oddity in our odd SLC culture. I suspect it has something to do with prevent drunk driving (or that's the excuse), but if you have a designated driver?
So, we have poor to none bus service to Downtown, the meters are expensive well into the evening, and we can't get parking validation... what a way to enjoy Downtown. It's easier to enjoy an evening in Downtown SLC if you live in the South Valley. Drive to the Park & Ride, hop on TRAX, head Downtown for the evening, and return. Can't do that from the Aves and CapHill.