November 22, 2021 |

At last week’s Saratoga Town Council meeting, the governing body approved liquor license renewals for four establishments in town.

The American Legion Post 54, Bella’s Bistro, Firewater Public House and the Wolf Hotel and Restaurant had all met state requirements by Tuesday’s meeting. The governing body unanimously approved the licensees for each establishment without discussion.

During the November 2nd meeting, council approved licenses for Duke’s Bar and Grill, Saratoga Resort and Spa, The Snowy Range Microbrewery and Valley Liquors. During discussion, Councilman Ben Spaulding asked Police Chief Ken Lehr if he had any input before a vote was taken.


Throughout the summer, Saratoga Police reported to council that they were kept busy with calls in the downtown area. Many of the incidents reportedly concerned alcohol-related disorderly behavior and an alleged party scene in town. During discussion of renewing the license of the Rustic Bar, Councilman Jon Nelson questioned Chief Lehr about one of his officers being denied access to the Bridge Street establishment for a bar check.


Mayor Creed Jams asked about the policy of allowing police to have access to bars during business hours.


As with all cities and towns in Wyoming, the Saratoga governing body is the licensing authority for package and retail liquor licenses within municipal limits. Councilman Nelson said the incident should be noted on the bar’s licensee record with the town and serve as a warning.

Council went on to approve the liquor license for the Crown unanimously. Mayor James noted at last week’s meeting that only one more establishment in town remains to meet its state requirements. Comparing the list of licenses up for approval with what has been approved this month, only restaurant liquor license for J.W. Hugus remains.

File photo of Downtown Saratoga. Photo by Bigfoot 99.


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