(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — On Tuesday, the Little Shop of Burgers’ request for a restaurant liquor license was approved by the Casper City Council. The restaurant is located at 1040 N. Center St. in Casper.

Sarah Weikum told the City Council that her family owns the restaurant and that they have tried to support the community.

“We have a free sack lunch program and try to do as much as we can for that,” Weikum said. “The liquor license is just another stepping stone for us to, hopefully, eventually build our own place some day in a few years, you know? We’re really excited and hoping to get the vote ‘yes’ for this because it is very important to us, so thank you for your consideration.”

Councilmember Kyle Gamroth said he recalls the business’s support for the community during the pandemic.

“I do remember when COVID hit, you guys doing a lot to help support the community and provide free meals and stuff like that,” Gamroth said, “so I just wanted to thank you all for your generosity. Good luck with the addition of the business.”

Restaurant liquor licenses allow businesses to sell alcohol provided at least 60% of sales come from food as opposed to alcohol. There is no limit on the number of restaurant liquor licenses the City of Casper can issue. 

In 2021, changes to state law relaxed some restrictions on what businesses could obtain a restaurant liquor license, a city staff memo said. Before the law was changed, businesses that were “fry order only” were not able to qualify for a restaurant liquor license.

Little Shop of Burgers, like any restaurant, will need to have a dedicated dispensing area restricted to people ages 18 and up in order to serve alcohol. No alcohol consumption is allowed in dispensing areas. Further information regarding rules for the various liquor license types is available from the City of Casper online.

The staff memo explaining Little Shop of Burgers’ request is available below: