Chelsea's back on menu?

Oak Creek looking at renewing restaurant's liquor license


— Chelsea's famed moo shoo pork and crab Rangoon may soon be back on Oak Creek's plate.

The Oak Creek Town Board is expected to consider renewing the Chinese restaurant's liquor license at its meeting at 7 p.m. tonight.

Town Clerk Karen Halterman said Andy and Jaila Benjamin, who own the Oak Creek restaurant and recently closed their Steamboat Springs location, have applied to renew the restaurant's liquor license.

On Wednesday, Andy Benjamin said he does not know when the restaurant may re-open.

"I'll just say we are moving forward," he said.

The Benjamins closed the Oak Creek restaurant in November 2006, citing difficulties in running two restaurant locations.

Chelsea's in Steamboat closed in February after having been open a little more than six months.

In other business, the Town Board is scheduled to:

- Hear from Erin Vargas who will be using Decker Park at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays from May through June for youth soccer practice.

- Approve its meeting minutes from April 12.

- Hear a report from Mayor Pro-Tem Angie KenCairn on updating the town's comprehensive plan. The board is expected to decide whether to move forward with the plan that addresses future town growth.

- Decide whether to conduct a Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska rate study, which typically is conducted every four or five years.

- Amend the town's employee handbook to reflect a change in how much the town will pay employee dependent and spouse insurance.

- Amend the town's employee handbook to reflect town employee's being paid bi-monthly, not semi-monthly.

- Discuss purchasing a new grader.


thecondoguy1 9 years, 12 months ago

mom, I grew grapes on the front range, made the worse wine you could imagine, couldn't sell it and had to give it away and drink it myself, my partner switched to whiskey, he is now an abstainer, what a flop, life is to short to drink bad wine........


JQPUBLIC 9 years, 12 months ago

Over the years with many different owners Chelsea's has slowly changed into what it is now. If you wanted dinner you needed reservations, people stood at the bar 3-4 deep, they were actually open during their regular business hours. As one owner sold out, the next had to make changes to recoup the buying price... quality & quantity slowly went down while prices went up. As that happened, people quit coming in from stmbt, yampa, etc just to dine at Chelsea's. A bad business decision is to pay so much for a restaurant in a town of 850 (approx) that you can't make a living, to ignore and blame the locals that do support you is not a bad business decision, it's business suicide.


JQPUBLIC 9 years, 12 months ago

Let's see... Chelsea's closed in Oak Creek to devote themselves to the steamboat crowd because the OC locals wouldn't support them, that didn't work and they closed in steamboat. Now they're going to reopen in OC and expect the previously non-supportive (their words) locals to be grateful enough that Chelsea's is back to pay steamboat prices for small portions of mediocre food. When they opened their 2nd store they said they would stay loyal to OC, maybe the locals should stay as loyal to Chelsea's as they were to OC.


corduroy 9 years, 12 months ago

I would be totally happy to have Chelsea's back in the OC The food tasted better there anyways! Go for it!


80488mom 9 years, 12 months ago

I loved Chelsea's in Oak Creek...never went to the Steamboat edition because I was waiting for the original to reopen. I thought it was just closed for renovations.

I suppose no one else out there ever made a poor business decision or did anything they regret? Didn't think so....not in our perfect little town with perfect people living in perfect homes with their perfect families. God help you if you aren't perfect as well because there are people just waiting to eat you alive.

Never ceases to amaze me how many emotionally stunted individuals there are out there who to love to bask in negativity.

Chelsea's was a good restaurant, a fun place to eat and I'm going back if they do reopen.


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