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Chelsea’s could reopen in Oak Creek

Oak Creek also to discuss final sewer line replacement payment

Zach Fridell

— Chelsea's Restaurant in Oak Creek could reopen as early as next week, owner Andy Benjamin said Wednesday.

The restaurant closed in late 2009 because of economic difficulties, but Benjamin said an unnamed financial backer would like to see the business open for the busy summer months.

"June, July, August and September is typically when we do about 70 percent of the business for the year," Benjamin said. He said he's working out the details to renew his licenses.

At least one license, the restaurant's liquor license, has expired, and Benjamin will have to go through the entire application process to get a new permit.

Oak Creek Town Clerk Karen Halterman said with how the state licensing system is set up, there's no easy way to renew an expired permit.

Benjamin will have to pay about $2,500 to get the new license, instead of the $625 renewal fee, but Halterman said the Town Board could discuss ways to stagger the payments on the local part of the license at tonight's meeting at 7 at the Oak Creek Town Hall. Of the fee, about $1,600 goes to the state and about $900 goes to the town.

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Halterman said the town doesn't have the authority to waive the fee, but Town Board members can discuss allowing Benjamin to pay the $900 portion of the license in payments. After Benjamin submits his application to the town, he will have to go through a 30-day waiting period and have the application approved by the town and the state.

Benjamin said the business would open as soon as it could, even if it can't serve alcohol at first.

"Lots of people are jonesing for Chelsea's so bad, they'll come no matter what," Benjamin said. "We'll open and just serve the food."

Chelsea's has closed twice before for a total of about a year in the seven years Benjamin and his wife have owned the business, he said.

Sewer payments

Town Board members also will consider a final payment to K.R. Swerdfeger Construction. The town had a contract with the Pueblo West-based company for more than $447,000 for sewer line replacement in town. As many as 10 of the sewer lines from the homes were not connected to the main line, however, and town workers had to connect the lines at a cost of $500 to $1,500.

Town Board members will discuss asking for reimbursements before making the final payment.

— To reach Zach Fridell, call 871-4208 or e-mail

If you go

What: Oak Creek Town Board meeting

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Oak Creek Town Hall

Agenda: The agenda for the Oak Creek Town Board includes final payments on sewer work to K.R. Swerdfeger Construction and a liquor license for Chelsea’s restaurant.

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