Kremmling: Board debates Shake ‘n Burger liquor license for hour and a half
May 5, 2009
Kremmling residents and visitors soon will be able to enjoy alcohol with their food at Shake ‘n Burger, though town trustees almost denied a liquor license for the eatery.
Glenn Snieder, owner of Snieder Enterprises LLC, told trustees during a public hearing Monday night that he has fielded many requests from patrons who would like to have a beer with their burgers.
“We’re just trying to make it a viable business,” he said, noting that a substantial portion of his customers are travelers passing through town.
“There’s a lot of empty buildings” in town, he said. “I wouldn’t want my building to be one.”
While town officials said Snieder’s application was in order, trustees raised various concerns, chief among them that Snieder had applied for a hotel and restaurant liquor license, which would allow him to serve liquor, not just beer and wine.
Trustees said that means they would in effect be approving a new bar, which they said they weren’t convinced would be beneficial.
“It’s a bit of a hangout for kids, and that’s a concern,” Trustee Erik Woog said.
He also said he wasn’t sure the town needs another bar or that granting the liquor license would be in the best interests of the neighborhood.
“We as a board have a duty to consider this,” he said.
Other than Snieder, no one from the public was present.
“I’m concerned about it as well,” said Trustee Mike Music. “I’m concerned about saturation.”
Snieder said he has no intention of opening a bar and that the reason he applied for the full license is “flexibility for future contingencies.”
“I like to think ahead,” he said. “I see at some point in the future where there might be a fast food chain. … I’m not going to be able to survive if that happens.”
He later said if that were to occur, he would like to be able to convert his eatery into a “family pub.” Compared with a bar, he said he envisions something “more food-oriented.”
During nearly one and one-half hours of debate, Trustee Jason Bock’s motion to approve the license with some limitations died for lack of a second. Trustees Woog, Music, Isaac Schonlau and Grant Burger III all said they would be more comfortable approving a beer and wine only license and that they were concerned what Snieder could develop with a full liquor license.
Trustee Ken Bentler was recused from the debate.
“I don’t want to ‘what-if’ this to death,” Mayor Tom Clark said. “We don’t know what is going to happen.”
Eventually, trustees approved Snieder’s license on a 4-1 vote with the stipulation that alcohol cannot be served on the outdoor patio and only from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Music voted against granting the license.