Glenwood Springs restaurant Dos Hermanos must get tavern liquor license |

Glenwood Springs restaurant Dos Hermanos must get tavern liquor license

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Garfield County says Dos Hermanos has about two weeks to apply for a different type of liquor license and comply with state authorities.

The county alleged Dos Hermanos violated terms of its liquor license requiring it to have at least 25 percent of its sales come from food. The Garfield County Clerk and Recorder’s Office said Dos Hermanos doesn’t have a state retail food service license, the owner and employees have been cited for serving alcohol to minors and over-serving, and the Sheriff’s Office has gotten more than 40 calls to the restaurant about fights and other disturbances.

In January 2008, a Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) inspector visited the restaurant and found 28 violations. The restaurant was placed under a “voluntary closure agreement” because it was operating without a retail food license, according to a letter from the CDPHE to the county.

The CDPHE did a follow-up inspection a day later and told Dos Hermanos to contact a pest control company and have it fax its reports to the CDPHE until further notice, the letter says.

The CDPHE also told the restaurant to install hand sinks with hot and cold water, soap and paper towels on both the cook-line and the bar.

The restaurant opened in December 2007. It’s in the location of the former Sopris Restaurant on Highway 82 between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale.

Garfield County commissioners, acting as the county liquor licensing authority, on Monday granted Dos Hermanos two weeks to apply for a tavern license instead of trying to renew its hotel and restaurant liquor license. Dos Hermanos was also directed to comply with the CDPHE and obtain a state food service license.

The owner couldn’t be immediately reached. He previously told the Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction that he opened the business as a restaurant but the weak economy has forced fewer people to go out for meals. He said he hadn’t planned on resorting to hosting events like dances on the weekends but had to in order to stay in business. He also said the restaurant has taken steps to cut down on incidents leading to calls to the Sheriff’s Office, and fewer calls have resulted as time passed.

The owner said he spent a lot remodeling the restaurant, partly in anticipation of unfinished plans for development on nearby land, such as the Cattle Creek Colorado proposal, which could include more than 1,000 homes.

No one answered the phone at Dos Hombres around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121

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