RANCHESTER — The Ranchester Town Council held off on transferring a liquor license Tuesday night and requested business representatives attend a future meeting to answer councilors’ questions.
A new ownership group, doing business as Eat Street, wanted to take over the liquor license from Bernard Food Group, LLC, the group that previously ran the restaurant. But, as far as the Council could tell, Eat Street was out of business as of Tuesday’s meeting.
“I’ve heard that they closed,” Councilor Dennis Dunn said. “So the question becomes, why are we transferring a license to one entity that’s closed from another entity that’s closed? At this point, it seems like it needs more investigation. That’s my opinion.”
Eat Street’s Facebook page confirmed the Council’s suspicions.
“We are sorry to announce that Eat Street is closing down until further notice,” a Nov. 1 post reads. “We want to thank you for your business and support.”
This information does not mean, however, that Eat Street could not open and operate in the future. Mayor Peter Clark noted the Wyoming Liquor Division approved the license transfer request.
But councilors chose to hold off on a motion until business representatives could provide more information. After all, Dunn noted, liquor licenses can serve as instruments of economic development in the community.
In other business:
• An independent accountants’ report — not an audit — on the town’s finances came back mostly clean. Cloud Peak Accounting, out of Buffalo, examined Ranchester’s accounting records to search for discrepancies.
CPA found only minor issues, like stale checks and a missing payroll deduction item from insurance. These problems are easily correctable.
“I think we should all be very proud of our town,” Clark said. “This really works well, very clean.”
• Three rabid skunks were killed in and around Ranchester recently, and Clark asked residents to keep vaccinations for pets in mind. Two of the animals were discovered just south of the town, and the other was roaming Connor Park.
• Councilor Jeffrey Barron reported on the Tongue River Fire Department’s activities. So far this year, the department has responded to 117 calls, 40 of which have taken place in Ranchester.
• A section of pipe continues to give the town issues. On Oct. 29, a break forced a water shutoff in a part of Ranchester, including the school. Clark stated the town would work to fix the issue.