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Chico liquor license issue brings crowd to council meeting

By Colin Steiner, csteiner@krcrtv.com
Published On: Jul 03 2013 01:28:08 AM CDT
Chico liquor license issue brings crowd to council meeting

About 40 people showed up to the Chico City Council meeting Tuesday to hear about the application for a liquor license by a potential downtown business.

City officials have recommended against approving the liquor license for the Winchester Goose, which hopes to open up a craft beer bar and restaurant at the corner of 8th Street and Broadway.

They say that the City of Chico has put a limit on the number of liquor licenses allowed in the downtown area, and that's why they're asking for the application to be denied.

The city council heard from a mostly supportive public that contended the business won't contribute to the bad behavior that's forced the limit.

And upon a recommendation from the city planning department the council decided to table the item until their August meeting so more conversations can be had.

Winchester Goose owner Rob Rasner has poured more than $120,000 into renovating the building and getting all of the paperwork together.

And from what he heard at the meeting, Rasner was encouraged.

"They (the council) were willing to ask questions and become informed," Rasner says. "And I think over this next month it'll give me the opportunity to really define to them what craft beer culture is and what sets it apart from drinking culture in general."

Rasner will meet with city officials over the next month to try and reach some kind of compromise that will allow him to move forward.

Planning services head, Mark Wolfe says he hopes that something can be worked out, but changes to the current application will have to be made.