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Pitkin County delays Ruthie’s liquor license

Eben Harrell

An effort to attain a liquor license for Ruthie’s restaurant on Aspen Mountain stalled yesterday after Pitkin County commissioners declared the application did not have enough local support.Aspen Skiing Co. applied to the county yesterday to operate private parties, including weddings and convention receptions, at the restaurant on the westernmost side of Aspen Mountain.The application ran into trouble when Commissioner Mick Ireland pointed out that many of the residents who supported the liquor license did not live near the western base of Aspen Mountain.Of the 15 who provided signatures of support, only five listed Aspen as their address. Another five listed Snowmass Village; two listed Basalt; two listed the Airport Business Center and one listed Aspen Village.”In order to grant a liquor license, the applicant must provide signatures from the impacted neighborhood,” Ireland said after the meeting. “We can’t really consider Basalt and Snowmass Village as Ruthie’s neighborhood.”Skico will resubmit its application to the commissioners later this year, once it can garner the proper signatures, Ireland said. Ireland added that once that happens, “it should not be a problem to give them a go-ahead.”Eben Harrell’s e-mail address is eharrell@aspentimes.com