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Dirty Axe in downtown Casper to permanently close

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Dirty Axe in downtown Casper is closing permanently, according to a message on their Facebook page.

“We are sad to announce that we have closed our doors with no current intention of reopening,” said the post in part. “It has been a pleasure to meet so much of our community and host many great events.”

The announcement on Friday afternoon brings to a close an ambitious project to develop a bar, restaurant, event space and axe throwing concept into one of downtown Casper’s oldest buildings.

The building at 136 E. Second St. was owned by Louis Taubert since the mid-1990s and was the home of the RW Taubert Lifestyles outdoor clothing store for about a decade.

After being sold, in April the building was rented out to Dirty Axe owner Justin Lavin, who told Oil City News he planned to partner with gourmet hamburger maker Mouthful, as well as Bootleg Liquors.

Lavin said at the time he planned to renovate the building’s interior and have the restaurant operating by July.

The partnerships with Mouthful and Bootlegger never materialized, however. Bootlegger Liquor permanently closed its location at 100 North Ash St. earlier this month.

RW Taubert Lifestyles moved to a renovated space in part of the Lou Taubert Ranch Outfitters main location on Second Street.