CASPER, Wyo. — Debbie Dallman told the Casper City Council on Tuesday some of Grace Partners LLC’s plans for the new Spotlight Lounge in downtown Casper.
Dallman is also an owner of the Sky Terrace Restaurant and Lounge at the Casper-Natrona County International Airport. She said that she’s been helping run that business for the last seven years.
As a sixth-generation Wyomingite, Dallman said she is committed to the community and the Spotlight Lounge will support the music scene in Casper.
She said that the Sky Terrace entered a partnership with the Wyoming Blues and Jazz Society a few years ago to offer shows each month. After that organization folded, Dallman said the Sky Terrace has continued to host blues performances.
“The blues is kind of one of those dying arts,” she said. “We’re trying to help keep that alive.”
Dallman said that the Spotlight Lounge will also be a place for local bands to perform: “A lot of our young musicians have a hard time finding places to play.”
In addition, the new business could create about 18 jobs for local residents: “We’re going to need a work force to help us out there,” Dallman said.
The business is seeking one of two available bar and grill licenses. Because Mouthful and Wyoming Downs are also seeking bar and grill licenses, the Casper City Council postponed their formal consideration of the Spotlight Lounge’s request to August 3 in order to give all three businesses an opportunity to present their requests to the council before a decision is made.
Dallman said that the Spotlight Lounge will offer food. While they haven’t finalized a menu, she said they are “thinking gourmet hot dogs.” Work is underway at the 128 East Second St. location, where Dallman said they are working on a dance floor and other renovations.
“We feel like we are pretty capable,” she said.
Dallman noted that the building is the location of an old Woolworth’s store and that the Spotlight Lounge plans to preserve some of the historic feel of the space.
She said Grace Partners wants to help contribute to the renewal of downtown Casper.
“We just ask that you consider awarding us one of the bar and grill licenes that are up,” Dallman told the council.