Approval of a liquor license for the newly-reopened CB's Tavern proved to be the most straightforward action Delta City Council took on Tuesday, Jan. 22. The lengthy meeting was marked by three public hearings on liquor licenses.
The tavern at 334 Main Street in Delta recently re-opened under the management of TC Ventures, which is jointly owned by local residents Fred Carson and Cecelia Tafoya.
The second hearing concerned the city's first brew pub license, which was granted unanimously to Stoik Beverage Company at 1064 S. Main Street. Owners William Tedrow and Stephan Snydstrup said they will be making some renovations to the building prior to opening their new establishment. The brew pub must also comply with state and federal regulations concerning the manufacture and sale of alcohol.
Renovation of the building will include a small kitchen, brewing area, cold storage, seating area and outdoor patio seating.
Tedrow, a resident of Arvada, said he and his partner chose Delta for their venture after looking for a bigger city on the Western Slope without a brew pub. He and his wife, a teacher, want to move their kids from the Front Range to a quieter community.
Snydstrup is from Palisade, where Tedrow also lived at one time.
"Our focus is on being a tasting room, not a restaurant, not a bar," Tedrow told council members. At a brew pub, food must account for just 15 percent of total sales.
A "needs and desires" survey garnered favorable results from nearby residents and businesses.
The third public hearing addressed a liquor license renewal application for Green Valley Liquors, 750 Main Street. Staff recommended denial based upon four violations since a liquor license was first granted to the establishment in 2015. All were the result of state compliance checks.
Three violations involved the sale of alcohol and/or tobacco to a minor; the fourth occurred on Christmas Day, when liquor sales are prohibited. Acting on a citizen complaint, criminal investigators from the state enforcement division obtained business records indicating Green Valley Liquors had $2,387 in sales on Christmas Day 2017.
Also of concern to city staff was the veracity of the information contained in the renewal application. In response to a specific question, the owner, Venkata Alete, indicated the liquor store had not been subject to any suspensions, revocations or denials. That's not accurate, testified one of the two criminal investigators attending the public hearing. The state investigator detailed the fines, stipulations and suspensions associated with three of the four violations (the latest is pending).
The investigator added that Green Valley Liquors had passed just one compliance check.
Alete, who traveled from Denver for the hearing, said he keeps telling his employees not to sell to minors. Green Valley Liquors is the only liquor store he owns.
Council unanimously denied renewal of the liquor license, which will expire on Feb. 28.