Opal’s Pub to Open Under New Management

Prowers County Courthouse

The Prowers County Commissioners took no action at this time, on granting a tavern license for the operation of Opal’s Pub at 1310 North Main in Lamar during their December 8 meeting.  While the building will still be owned by Bonnie Kemp, she will lease the operation to Lynn C. Kennedy and her family who will manage the bar and be responsible for the tavern license from the state. 

There was one hitch in the license approval, missing fingerprints for members of the family.  Kennedy’s sons, Harry and Charlie have had their fingerprints taken and submitted to the state as part of a regular background check, but the first set has been lost, and the second set has not been sent back at this time.  Until that comes to pass, the commissioners cannot take any action on the tavern license request.  Kennedy and her sons said they hope to be in operation before the end of the year. 

Kennedy said she intends to be open Wednesday through Saturday to start and extend their schedule from that point.  “We will not allow any minors in Opal’s,” she told the commissioners.  It will be an adults only operation which will sell snack-type foods as well as beverages.  “We plan to have music and dancing as well, and I have been in touch with a local band,” Kennedy added about future plans.   

Prowers County Clerk and Recorder, Jana Coen told the commissioners that all other areas of the application packet are in compliance, minus the fingerprints.  Harry Kennedy said that anyone who is serving alcohol at Opals will have received training and a certification that they have been educated on the rules and regulations of when and when not to serve a patron.  There was no one in attendance objecting to the license request during the public hearing, although Commissioner Gene Millbrand said he had received a phone call from a member of the Ministerial Alliance who was opposed to the license being issued.

By Russ Baldwin


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