The Cody, Wyo., club’s Board of Directors approved transferring the retail bar and grill license to Steve and Laurie Swan, who are leasing the club’s restaurant through 2021. A small kitchen addition is included in the lease as well.
Steve and Laurie Swan are the new owners of the retail bar and grill license for Olive Glenn Golf & Country Club in Cody, Wyo., the Cody Enterprise reported.
The couple are leasing the year-round, full-service restaurant from Olive Glenn, a nonprofit corporation managed by a board of directors. The Cody City Council endorsed the liquor license transfer on February 20, the Enterprise reported.
According to a four-year lease dated November 1, the golf course board has agreed to let the restaurant run through 2021. The rented area—originally the clubhouse swimming pool—was converted to a bar and restaurant in 2008. A smaller kitchen addition is included in the lease, the Enterprise reported.
The agreement was contingent upon council approval to transfer Olive Glenn Golf & Country Club’s liquor license. As part of the transfer process, Mayor Matt Hall opened the council meeting to public comment. No one spoke to oppose or support transfer of liquor license ownership to Rockin U, a limited liability company owned by the Swans, the Enterprise reported.
Previously, the golf course board had operated the clubhouse restaurant. But the situation changed when Food and Beverage Manager Wade Brown resigned last summer after working in that position a little more than two years, the Enterprise reported.
On January 26 Cody police arrested Brown, who had later taken on duties as golf course bookkeeper, for allegedly stealing at least $3,004 from the golf course during the spring of 2017. According to police, board officers discovered the financial discrepancies after Brown resigned July 15, the Enterprise reported.
Aware of the vacancy, the Swans, who had previously owned a restaurant and bar in Montana, saw an opportunity to improve Olive Glenn’s restaurant business. At the meeting Laurie Swan said when they signed up as golf club members a few years ago, the couple realized they could improve the bar and grill menu to draw more customers, the Enterprise reported.
“We felt there were not a lot of opportunities for locals to come to such a nice venue,” she said. “It’s a beautiful place and I felt it was being wasted.”
Steve Swan explained how the lease document, which was created by attorneys representing both parties, includes contingencies to make sure the golf course won’t permanently lose its liquor license. In the lease, the Swans agree it would revert back to Olive Glenn should the couple default or terminate the lease, the Enterprise reported.
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