Black Nugget liquor license suspended; Underwood bar to close temporarily

After hours of testimonies, one of only two bars in the town of Underwood lost their liquor license temporarily.

This comes after an employee was arrested for dealing meth last month.

City commissioners decided last week to hold a revocation hearing to hear evidence from the Sheriff's department and to allow the bar owner's to tell their side of the story.

Claps filled the room after closing statements wrapped up in the three-hour long hearing Wednesday.

"I am very relieved we put it to bed and we can put it behind us and move on. And, I think there's a lot of people in Underwood that have learned from this," said Underwood Mayor, Leon Weisenberger.

But not all were relieved with city commissioners deciding to suspend the Black Nugget's liquor license from December 15 to January 15.

"Now, all they're doing is taking money away from a small business that has been around here for way longer than I've even been alive. And, yeah, that's upsetting but like I said it's my family and I'm going to stand by them no matter what,” said Underwood resident, Kendall Moore.

The Nugget's revocation hearing was the first the city had ever done.

"It's the first hearing and I hope it's the last," said Weisenberger.

"I think the city council did the best they could. I mean, they probably didn't want to close them but they had to do something. I'm sure they've had a lot of pressure from a lot of people to do something and I think they did the best they could,” said Underwood resident, Orval Houser.

Many people tell me they hope the bar is able to come back after closing for a month.

The bar will also have to add a new a security system that covers the entire building except for the bathrooms.

The Black Nugget will get their license back in January, but they'll be on probation for a year after that.