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Meow Wolf applies for liquor license

Kai Porter
October 27, 2017 06:31 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. -- Patrons may soon be able to sip a cocktail next time the visit Meow Wolf. The popular interactive art attraction in Santa Fe has applied for a liquor license, and city leaders are questioning it. 

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Visitors can already order a beer or a glass of wine at Meow Wolf's duel tap room, and Meow Wolf leases out space to the brewery. If Meow Wolf has its way, it’ll have its own liquor license.  

"We definitely don’t want anyone to abuse alcohol here, or staff is trained with the resolve program with de-escalating conflicts and with the state lease in making sure people aren’t intoxicated who are here," said Max Beck-Keller, Meow Wolf's events director.

Beck-Keller said it’s always been part of Meow Wolf's business model to acquire its own liquor license and expand to a full bar and cafe. 

The liquor license application being purchased from a business in Hobbs must first be approved by Santa Fe’s City Council. On Wednesday, the council voted unanimously to postpone voting on it. 

"We want to really look at what the options are. We want to understand a little bit more about the organization and really kind of their business model, how it fits into that they are receiving public monies," said Carmichael Dominguez, a city councilor. "So I think the governing body is within their rights to be able to ask whatever questions they need to ask about making sure it’s a successful endeavor."

Dominguez said one issue centers around a daycare across the street that is too close to be near a liquor-selling establishment. The owner has already offered to grant a waiver, but Dominguez said there have been previous complications on something like this.

"In the past, we have been given this local authority from the state to consider a waiver for those sorts of licenses or anywhere within 300 feet of a school or church. And in the past, the state has basically just kind of overturn the decision that the local [government] has made," he said. "So there’s some conversation there amongst the governing body about really how much local authority we have in the sorts of things."

The City Council is expected to make a final decision Nov 8.

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