State suspends Oasis Restaurant’s liquor license |

State suspends Oasis Restaurant’s liquor license

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Colorado Department of Revenue (DOR) suspended the Oasis Restaurant’s liquor license for four days.The DOR’s complaint was that 25 percent or more of the West Glenwood Springs restaurant’s sales weren’t coming from food items.Ken Peterson, Chief of Investigations for the DOR’s Liquor Enforcement Division, said the Oasis’ hotel/restaurant liquor license was suspended for nine days because of an Oct. 2 violation. Four days will be served Nov. 9, 10, 16 and 17 because the restaurant is only open on the weekends, he said, and the other five will be suspended unless there is another violation or if the Oasis doesn’t come into compliance by getting its kitchen running soon.”They hold a hotel/restaurant liquor license, and to hold that license 25 percent of their gross sales must be in food sales and they did not meet that 25 percent,” Peterson said.He said the DOR will check back to make sure the Oasis is complying sometime before Oct. 2, 2008, and he assumes the city will enforce licensing laws as well.City Attorney Jan Shute said Glenwood Springs’ Alcohol Beverage Board renewed the Oasis’ liquor license last week. But there was a condition that the Oasis’ kitchen must be up and running by Dec. 1, she added.”It’s really not that big of a deal,” said Sherry Caloia, an attorney for the owners of the Oasis. “The (DOR) got involved because 25 percent of their sales weren’t from food. They needed to change some things out in the kitchen.”Caloia said the Oasis’ owners had to work on some equipment because some of it was old and had to be upgraded or replaced. She mentioned fans, ventilation, electrical systems and plumbing.The restaurant has also had some recent problems besides liquor licensing.Police arrested Luis Bustillos in November 2006 on charges including attempted first-degree murder. A man in the Eagle County Jail told authorities a man named Luis told him he “shot up the Oasis” while both were in Eagle County Jail. Police said the informant’s account included a significant amount of detail about the shooting. In addition, police showed Bustillos’ photo to witnesses who said he looked like the suspect.Police said Bustillos was kicked out of the restaurant and returned, firing about four or five shots wildly in the parking lot. One bullet hit a car and others bounced around the parking lot. One bullet hit the leg of Oscar Contreras, brother of an owner Axel Contreras. Contreras wasn’t seriously injured.A state trooper pulled over Bustillos for a lane violation on eastbound Interstate 70 in Eagle County shortly after the shooting. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, possession of cocaine, introducing a controlled substance into a jail facility, and presenting a forged document to a police officer, police said.Bustillos is scheduled for arraignment in the shooting case on Nov. 15. The Garfield County Combined Courts Office said he faces a charge of attempted first-degree murder with extreme indifference, four counts of attempted first-degree murder after deliberation, and one count each of assault with a deadly weapon, criminal mischief, and felony menacing.Police also arrested two Glenwood Springs men on felony menacing charges for allegedly threatening a bouncer at the Oasis in July. The two men threatened to leave, get a pistol and come back to kill a bouncer. The men left and came back with their hands in their shirts, acting like they had guns, police said.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611 pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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