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Casper PD and local bar official say open container nights were a success

Published: Sep. 9, 2020 at 7:01 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Casper wrapped up the summer by experimenting with allowing people to carry open containers of alcohol in certain areas of downtown and the Old Yellowstone District. They were allowed to carry alcoholic drinks bought from a licensed retailer in plastic cups.

Casper Police Department spokesperson Rebekah Ladd said it was successful.

“It went really well. We didn’t have to issue any open container citations. We didn’t have any major disruptions going on downtown as a result of the open container,” she said. “So we’re really proud of our citizens and we’re really proud of all of our bar and restaurant owners downtown who really embraced this.”

Asia Eisenbraun, the General Manager at Frontier Brewing Company and Taproom, agrees with Ladd on the experiment’s success.

“Everyone was really respectful. I didn’t have any issues with anyone being disrespectful with the situation. Downtown stayed quiet and pleasant,” Eisenbraun said. “I think the whole thing went pretty well.”

It wasn’t a success only because people behaved. Eisenbraun said the open container nights were also good for business.

“It definitely helped with sales. It helped with the morale of downtown over the weekend. People were more opt to walk around, check out local businesses, interact with other people. It was a good way to bring out the town and kind of enjoy what it has to offer,” she said.

Eisenbraun also said she hopes the city has future open container nights.

Open container nights come from the Casper’s liquor ordinance, which City Council members passed in June.

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