Bluebird at Cheese Barrel seeking liquor license, launches new ‘sOOp’ cart in Casper

Jacquie Anderson, owner of the Bluebird at the Cheese Barrel, plans to launch a new “sOOp” cart Friday with a performance of “Bluesgypsies” outside the Black Tooth Brewery. (Brendan LaChance, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. – The Bluebird at the Cheese Barrel is seeking a new restaurant liquor license and the owner is also set to launch other new offerings at Casper, including a new “sOOp” mobile cart and new music with a duet called “Bluesgypsies.”

The Bluebird, located at 544 S. Center St., offers breakfast, brunch and lunch and is also available for private parties, owner Jacquie Anderson said Tuesday. Obtaining a liquor license for the restaurant to serve beer, wine, Bloody Marys and mimosas would round out the breakfast and brunch offerings, and the revenue would help pay the bills.

“During all of COVID and everything, I think we were the first restaurant to open, actually,” Anderson said. “So, you know, we always had a lot of obstacles, we didn’t have a lot of cushion. It gives us the opportunity to have that cushion.

The Bloody Marys the bluebird plans to offer will include pickled beans and asparagus from a farm the restaurant sources vegetables from in Wellington, Colorado, Anderson noted. The Bluebird also plans to rely on Backwards Distilling Co. for things like vodka for Bloody Marys.

“I’m going to try to keep it as local as possible,” Anderson said. “Keep it simple.”

Since opening during the pandemic, the Bluebird has been working to finalize the renovation of the former Cheese Barrel restaurant, and Anderson said she thinks the menu is now complete and the restaurant is getting lots of positive feedback from people. clients.

The Bluebird at the Cheese Barrel hosts ARTCORE-related music events. Along with adding new options at music events, a restaurant liquor license will round out the offerings as the Bluebird strives to offer special fondue nights, multi-course dinners and things like aperitifs. business, Anderson said.

“And then, of course, a lot of my friends are musicians, so they want to play the acoustic sets there,” Anderson added, noting that she thinks the restaurant’s liquor license will help when arranging. such events.

A musician herself, Anderson is working with a friend named Jeff Streitmatter IV to launch her new “sOOp” cart concept. The duo call themselves “Bluesgypsies” and while Streitmatter plays Jack Sparrow at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 7 outside Black Tooth Brewing, 322 S. David St., Anderson will serve food from the new cart” sOOp”.

The sOOp cart will feature cheesy cauliflower soup, clam chowder, green chili and Italian tomato bisque and will also feature Bluebird’s Jalapeño Grilled Cheese Popper along with other grilled cheese sandwiches and gourmet grilled PB&J sandwiches, Anderson said.

Anderson plans to park the sOOp cart outside near places like David Street Station and the Natrona County Courthouse to provide another dining option for people. She tentatively plans to go out on Fridays and Saturdays and wants to brave the cold and keep the sOOp cart running through the winter.

Anderson and Streitmatter also plan to use some bus infrastructure at David Street Station to share their “Bluesgypsies” music, and could be released on Saturday.

“It’s a bit of everything,” Anderson said of the music. “He and I are both performance artists and that’s the name of my old band 27 years ago from my friend Thomas Frech, who passed away and had the music store, Platte River Music. It was our name back then, so we’re revitalizing the name.

Anderson and Streitmatter sing and play keyboards and will perform a range of duets. Anderson also spoke with a friend who dances about the possibility of incorporating dance into some of the Bluesgypsies’ performances.

The Casper City Council will consider Bluebird’s application for a restaurant liquor license at its regular meeting on Tuesday, October 4. Unlike other types of permits such as retail and bar and grill, there is no limit to the number of restaurant liquor licenses the city can issue.

Businesses with a restaurant liquor license are required to have a dedicated, council-approved dispensing area reserved for those 18 years of age or older.

Any restaurant that prepares meals for consumption on the premises may apply for a restaurant liquor licence. Restaurants offering in-restaurant alcohol sales must see at least 60% of their sales come from food. More information on the various liquor licenses available in Casper and the rules are available from the City of Casper.

If the city council approves the restaurant liquor license application for the Bluebird, the city will receive a pro-rated licensing fee of $726, according to a memo from city staff. Bluebird’s memo and application can be viewed below: