The Jackson Town Council awarded liquor licenses at a special meeting Tuesday to three businesses competing among 22 applicants seeking permission to sell alcohol.
Two retail licenses, highly coveted because they offer businesses holding them more flexibility to sell beverages, went to Sweet Cheeks Meats, at 185 Scott Lane, and Movieworks, at 860 Highway 89.
The council also awarded an available “bar and grill” license to Pinky G’s Pizzeria, at 50 W. Broadway Ave.
The town charges $1,500 annually for the retail licenses, which is the maximum allowed under Wyoming law. The bar and grill license costs $1,514, though state law allows the town to charge as much as $10,500 for that type of license, which was created in 2006.
Vice Mayor Arne Jorgensen explained in April, when the council decided to open the application period for the three licenses in the town’s possession, that the town only charges $1,514 for the bar and grill license to keep the price in line with retail and restaurant liquor license fees.
In an all-day meeting Monday, the council heard from 15 applicants for the retail licenses and seven applicants for the bar and grill license, with a few of the businesses applying for both, presumably to better their chances of being awarded one or the other. Councilors then came to the Tuesday meeting with their top five choices for the retail licenses and top three for the bar and grill license.
From there, the council deliberated over which best qualified for the licenses.
Movieworks got the nod largely because multiple councilors noted how important the movie theater is to the community.
Among the various factors councilors considered were the number and type of liquor licenses already existing in a given location, along with what Vice Mayor Jorgensen described as “the welfare of the people residing in the vicinity of the proposed license.” Councilors also discussed how responsibly they thought successful applicants would use their licenses.
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