Ute Events Center likely to get liquor license
Citizen Telegram Editor
Beer and wine could be served at all events at the New Ute Events Center if state regulators give final approval for an “arts” liquor license.
Rifle City Council members approved the license at last week’s meeting.
“Now we are just waiting to see,” said Don Chaney, special events director at the center. “It takes a minimum of 31 days, so we’re hoping it will be sometime in the next month. It will be the only ‘arts’ liquor license around here.”
The town opted to go for the arts license because it can be turned off and on and does not require the city to get a special permit every time the Ute has an event where alcohol is served.
“For example, if we had a tavern license and you had a private wedding reception at the center, you would have to purchase your alcohol through us,” Chaney said. “But the arts license was created for municipally owned events centers, so you can just turn it on when you want and then deactivate it.”
It’s an important step for the 300-seat venue, opened last year after a $1.7 million remodeling project that’s been honored by the state, in being able to ensure a full house for concerts.
Chaney said the license will be for beer and wine, unless there is a special event, such as a New Year’s Eve party that is being planned at the center.
Nobody spoke up against the liquor license during the public comment portion of the meeting. All servers at the Ute will be required to be TIPS trained and certified.
“I’m adamant about responsible serving,” Chaney said. “I was hit by a drunk driver when I was 12.”
The arts license will also allow the Ute Events Center to allow alcohol without waiting the 45 days in advance to file for a regular tavern license.
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