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Paris West Restaurant & Bar gets liquor license approval

The former Central Plaza Hotel building sits Monday at 1719 Central Ave. in downtown Cheyenne. Built in 1961, the structure is currently being revamped to include studio apartments, a future restaurant and other amenities as it gets back to usable condition soon. (Briar Napier/Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The liquor license application for Paris West Restaurant & Bar, a new venture that’s reshaping the former Central Plaza Hotel at 1719 Central Ave., was assigned to the city’s Finance Committee on Monday.

The Cheyenne City Council presided over a public hearing regarding the license application. Businesswoman Corey Loughry spoke briefly about her plans for the property, saying she and Carter Ward purchased the building in March and it has been undergoing a $7 million renovation. The plans are for the building to house 85 residential rooms for extended stay or long-term.

“In the facility right now is a recording studio and the Facebook Office of Connections. Eventually we will have an indoor dog park, an axe-throwing venue and a rooftop bar. So, this space accommodates a restaurant and bar, and we will do a lot of renovation to get to that point, but the restaurant and bar is pretty much ready-made because it was previously a restaurant and bar.”

Loughry previously spoke with Cap City News about the building and her plans, saying she hopes to have Paris West Restaurant & Bar open by the first week of July.

She noted that the name comes from Cheyenne being called the “Paris of the West” by railroaders in its early days due to its fancy (for the time) architecture and overall quality.

During Monday’s public hearing, Ward III Councilmember Richard Johnson asked how many liquor licenses the city would have left should the application be approved. Zero, City Clerk Kris Jones said.

Mayor Patrick Collins thanked Loughry for attending the public hearing, adding, “We’re looking forward to a new place to eat.”