Four Yellowstone Club bars and restaurants agreed to pay a $370,000 fine to keep their liquor licenses and receive an additional license. Yellowstone Club’s Base Lodge Lounge, Timberline, H&K Spirits, and Rainbow Lodge Lounge admitted to the Montana Department of Revenue that they sold and stored alcohol at unlicensed locations.
Buckrail reports the businesses operating within the exclusive resort in southwest Montana (unclear if operated independantly of overall club) acquired and sold alcohol without a liquor license and attempted to deceive inspectors. A whistleblower tipped off officials to alcohol hidden in a Bozeman warehouse and in U-Haul trucks in a parking garage. All together officials seized 2,979 bottles of liquor, 3,108 bottles of wine, 2,954 bottles and cans of beer, and 31 beer kegs at the resort and in warehouses in January and February.
Montana State will suspend each bar and restaurant from serving alcohol for seven to 20 days accroding to their specific offences but the businesses will remain open for food service.