Last Retail Liquor License On Hold

A question of whether the city of Sheridan will dispense its last retail liquor license is on hold until next month.

The city council tabled an application for the license at a meeting Monday, citing too many questions that are not yet answered.

Applicant Steve Kuzara would own the license, but he would turn over use to Cooley and Robert Butler. The Butlers propose to lease the building at 201 Broadway and operate a bar and grill. The building is owned by Kuzara.

Among those who spoke in favor of granting the license was John Smith, Sheridan businessman and a member of the Downtown Sheridan Association.

Council members, however, were uncertain about legalities in issuing the license. Councilman Jesus Rios questioned whether a license could be issued to one person that would be used by another, and other council members asked whether a retail license was appropriate for a bar and grill.

Cooley Butler said the application was made for a retail liquor license because that is what is available. He said a restaurant liquor license isn't functional for the way the Broadway building is designed, and no licenses for a bar and grill are available at this time.

Councilman Alex Lee said he would like to seek a business plan for the proposed bar and grill. He added that, in his mind, a retail liquor license is for a retail liquor store.

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