Yogi Adityanath government is introducing resto-bar culture in as many as 14 districts of the state and has issued licences to operate fine dining places where customers can also consume high-end liquor.
The announcement has been made by state excise department as part its policy to shore up revenue from liquor sales.
The department has issued eight licenses in Lucknow, seven in Agra and six in Gorakhpur. Two licences each have been issued in Varanasi, Aligarh and Badaun and one each in Mirzapur, Moradabad, Jhansi, Ghaziabad, Bahraich and Bareilly.
Excise officials said the arrival of domestic and foreign tourists has gone up in these areas and the decision is aimed at generating both revenue and employment.
The resto-bars would open job opportunities for cooks, waiters and ancillary staff, the department said.
“The living conditions, spending capacity and culinary likings of people are changing. These licenses have been issued keeping these trends in view,” said principal secretary, excise, Sanjay Bhoosreddy.
UP government, in a first, has also issued licence to set up a mixed distillery in Prayagraj that will produce alcohol and drinkable liquor from “substandard grains” and molasses. The daily capacity of this distillery will be 58 kl.
“Manufacturing liquor and alcohol from grains generates less pollution as compared to manufacturing these products from molasses,” the department stated.