Casper's newest restaurant cleared a hurdle to open in one of the city's oldest and most legendary buildings last week.

The city council approved the transfer of the liquor license held by the defunct C85 @ The Wonder Bar to the Wyoming Rib and Chop House at 256 S. Center St.

The license, which became non-operational in February, will not be issued until the Rib and Chop House receives the state food permit and the city's health permit license, according to the agenda for the council meeting.

Co-owner Chris O'Bryan was the only person to speak to the council during the public comment session and said the restaurant is scheduled to open in December.

Mayor Charlie Powell wished O'Bryan well and welcomed him to Casper.

This 10th restaurant in the Rib and Chop House chain will offer steaks, chops, seafood in a family dining atmosphere, O'Bryan said later. "Kids are a big part of what we do."

The city's center needs such a restaurant, he said. "I think Casper deserves something downtown."

O'Bryan is hiring about 80 to 90 employees, with 35 to 40 of them full time, he said.

Wonder Bar
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Finally, the new name means the old historic name is gone, O'Bryan said. "We're not going to keep the name Wonder Bar."






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