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C’dale renews Hurricane’s liquor license

Gina Guarascio
Carbondale correspondent

The Carbondale trustees unanimously agreed to renew the Hurricane Grille’s liquor license Nov. 8, after owner Sandy Graetz agreed to abide by a long list of stipulations.

More than 20 neighbors of the downtown watering hole had written letters to the trustees urging them to make the liquor license renewal contingent on strict operating guidelines. Mostly, the letters stated, they wanted Graetz to obey the law.

Several supporters of the Hurricane Grille attended the renewal hearing speaking in favor of the bar. A fund was set up to help Graetz pay for legal costs, and T-shirts were made saying, “Save Carbondale’s Wildlife – Hurricane Grille.”

Graetz leases the space in the downtown building and said she has had “quite a bit” of interest in the space since she listed it for sale last month. She said her decision to try to sell the bar wasn’t because of the stipulations, which included things like installing video cameras for surveillance and complying with all town ordinances regarding noise, trash and signs, but because of the tenuous relationship with neighbors over the last year and a half.

“The stipulations are nothing that I don’t already do as a business person,” Graetz said, adding that she had installed video cameras for surveillance before the town obligated her to.

Those video cameras recorded about an hour and a half of tape during a burglary at the Hurricane on Nov. 4, when a man wearing a hair net got away with about $2,000 in cash and vandalized the business.

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Carbondale Police chief Gene Schilling said the department is following some leads in the case and Graetz said the video is being sent to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to see if they can enhance the picture.

Anyone with any information should call the police at 963-2662.