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Clubhouse faces license suspension

Janet Urquhart
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Pyramid Peak Roadhouse, the city-owned clubhouse at its golf course, is facing possible temporary suspension of its liquor license, Aspen’s liquor board warned the restaurant’s manager on Tuesday.

The Aspen Liquor Licensing Authority agreed to take up the suspension on March 4 as a penalty for manager Doug Clayton’s failure to disclose his role with the establishment when its liquor license was granted last year.

Board members scolded Clayton for failing to admit he was managing the restaurant/bar business from the start. Managers of licensed establishments are required to submit background information to the liquor board.



Yesterday, the board reviewed that background report. It included several convictions for alcohol-related driving offenses.

“I have a problem with being misled,” said board chairman Bill Murphy.




Clayton apologized and described his efforts to deal with what he admitted is a substance-abuse problem.

“Am I rehabilitated? I’m working on it,” he said. “I’m working on it every day.”

The board ultimately voted 3-0 to approve his application as bar manager, though member Gary Esary voiced reservations, since the golf course/tennis court complex and clubhouse sees use by underage individuals as well as adults.

“This is a liquor license in a city park,” he said. “The new headquarters for Junior Golf are a half a wedge away from their [the roadhouse] front door.”

When the board meets in March, Esary said he’ll propose a one-week suspension of the establishment’s liquor license.

“It seems to me, if there’s another incident, this license is toast,” said board member Steve Goldenberg.

The roadhouse liquor license is actually held by Alan Giaquinto, Clayton’s business partner in the Pyramid Peak Roadhouse. They operate the restaurant through a lease with the city.

[Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is janet@aspentimes.com]


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