County denies liquor license transfer that would have effectively closed Racks

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CASPER, Wyo. — The Natrona County Commission has denied the transfer of a liquor license from CC Cowboys — known as Racks Gentleman’s Club — to Monty Elliot. The Commission made the decision at its regular meeting Monday, September 20.

The decision had been tabled at the August 17 meeting. At the meeting, an attorney for the club’s mortgage holder as well as the club’s ostensible owner, Sonny Pilcher, said that the transfer of the license would effectively close the business.

No additional comment was heard Monday. Commissioner Jim Milne said the the transfer would “adversely affect the welfare of the people residing in the vicinity of the proposed license address,” citing 12-4-104 of state statutes.

Commissioner Jim Milne asked Natrona County Attorney Eric Nelson whether Elliot would be using the license at a business. 

“It is my understanding from the application that it is being transferred to an address where it will be parked,” Nelson said.

Milne told Oil City News after the meeting that the address was a residence in a residential area in Vista West, and felt that the area was inappropriate for a potential liquor license operation. And though Elliot would have at least a year to build a business, Milne said that would be at the expense of a currently functioning, viable business, “regardless of your thoughts about the other activities that go along with that retail license.”

Ownership of the license was in question at the August meeting. As part of an ongoing civil suit in Natrona County District Court between Pilcher, his sister and nephew, Linlog LLC, and Elliot, a partial summary judgement by Judge Dan Forgey had directed the transfer of the license to Elliot.

In a letter to the commission dated September 17, Cohen-Davis Law P.C. wrote that “the commissioners should refuse to approve the inappropriate request to transfer CC Cowboys retail liquor license because that transfer is prohibited by Wyoming Statues, and because the court erred in its order.”

Cohen-Davis also advised that Pilcher owns 100% of the assets, and is the “only person authorized to act on behalf of the corporation.”

“It appears that Court simply failed to double check the facts and law before issuing the order,” Cohen-Davis said.

Nelson told Oil City News he had advised the commission to rely on its discretionary authority under state statute as the licensing body.

More information can be found in the arguments of the initial hearing in August.