A liquor license transfer from Buffalo Properties, LLC dba Best Western Crossroads Inn to Marin Management, Inc. was tabled by the Buffalo City Council because of confusing wording concerning the amount and type of taxes owed to the state concerning the license.
At the public hearing, Laura Dematteis, co-owner of Up In Smoke, inquired on the possibility of her business purchasing the retail license owned by the Crossroads and allowing her current bar and grill liquor license to be made available for the Crossroads property.
Both City Attorney Ben Kirven and Greg Goddard, attorney for the Buffalo Properties, LLC gave an opinion that the retail license holds a certain “property value” much higher than other liquor licenses and that it would not be the in the city's best interest to pull the retail license and award it to another entity.
There was confusion centered around the amount of sales taxes that were owed by Buffalo Properties, LLC and whether they were sales tax on restaurant sales, lodging taxes through the motel or sales taxes through liquor sales, which prompted the tabling of the issue to get the matter resolved.
The other retail liquor license transfer from HIB, LLC to Timberline Hospitalities, LLC dba Hampton Inn & Suites was approved unanimously with no issues.