PLATTSMOUTH – The Plattsmouth City Council will decide Monday night whether it forwards a recommendation for a Class CK Liquor License for a new restaurant/bar on Main Street to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission.
While the final decision is left to the commission, the council must first recommend approval to the commission. A Class CK license covers on and off sale of beer, wine and distilled spirits.
Rural Murray residents, Mark and Sue Shaw, are requesting the license to operate Fork and Hammer, a restaurant/bar at 545 Main St.
The location was recently occupied by Smokehouse Tavern, a restaurant specializing in smoked and barbecue foods.
The couple also owns Shaws Hardware in downtown Plattsmouth, yet have also wanted to open a restaurant. When Smokehouse Tavern closed, the Shaws agreed to leasing two bays for the restaurant from Collective Development, the authorized owner of the property. The bays are located in the former Fitz Hotel, which was remodeled into apartments over the past year.
The council will conduct a public hearing Monday regarding the license.
The location has already been zoned for General Use including Cocktail Lounge, Liquor Sales and Restaurant.
According to an application for the license submitted to the council, the Shaws hope to open the restaurant in January. “It will be a full-service restaurant with a “Bourbon and Whiskey” bar theme.
The application: “The site provides a complete commercial kitchen and bar area. Both sides will have food service as well as bar offerings. Based on the last count, both bays combined are rated for 65 seats.”
Shaws aim to hire three cooks, three kitchen helpers and two bartenders for the restaurant. Operation hours are listed as 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday for lunch service with a reopening at 4 to 9 p.m. for dinners. On Friday and Saturday, Fork and Hammer will open at 11 a.m. and close at 11 p.m.
Shaws based their decision to open a restaurant in downtown Plattsmouth on a market analysis showing Cass County as the fastest growing area in the state of Nebraska. A marina and camping site is being developed at the east end of Main Street and is scheduled to be finished in 2020.
The Shaws hope to draw patrons to the restaurant from Plattsmouth and surrounding areas including Murray, Beaver Lake, Springfield and Glenwood, Iowa.
The restaurant will be located in the building that used to be the Fitzgerald Hotel, now an apartment building.
The picture shows the building.