Jet hauled out of Yellowstone Jet Center

A jet is hauled out of the Yellowstone Jetcenter Executive Terminal in this Chronicle file photo.

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Montana revenue officials and the Yellowstone Club have agreed to delay proceedings regarding the alleged liquor law violations at the Yellowstone Jetcenter in June while it works out “a related matter” with the state’s justice department.

The club asked that the matter be continued until Dec. 4, according to a status update filed with the Department of Revenue this week.

The revenue department’s Office of Dispute Resolution OK’d that request. If the revenue department doesn’t receive an update by Dec. 4, the filing states, a meeting will be scheduled between the club and the state.

Sanjay Talwani, revenue department spokesman, declined to comment.

A club spokesperson said it continues to work closely with the state to resolve the matter. The spokesperson said the alcohol at the airport was legally purchased and stored. The club has requested the alcohol be returned.

In June, the Montana Department of Justice, which investigates liquor violations, seized 429 bottles of liquor, 70 bottles of wine and 319 bottles or cans of beer in a building at 456 Wings Way, according to revenue department documents. That address is connected to the Yellowstone JetCenter.

State law does not allow bars and restaurants to store alcohol off-site.

Justice department officials found the booze a day after the state fined four Yellowstone Club businesses $370,000 for liquor license violations.

The revenue department agreed not to revoke liquor licenses for Rainbow Lodge Lounge, H&K Spirits, Timberline Lounge and Base Lodge. The state suspended the businesses’ liquor licenses and approved a new liquor license for the Boot Room and Buffalo Bar and Grill.

In January, a whistleblower alleged that the Boot Room and Buffalo Bar and Grill were serving and storing alcohol while applying for a liquor license, according to revenue department documents.

Alcohol was loaded into a U-Haul truck and hidden in a parking garage the day before an inspector checked the restaurants, the whistleblower alleged. The booze was brought back after the inspector was gone.

Days after the inspection, investigators returned and found stocked bars, wine and customers drinking despite the businesses not having a liquor license, revenue department documents allege. Inspectors seized more than 9,000 bottles of liquor, wine and beer, and 31 kegs of beer from the two bars.

Investigators later found alcohol that was stored for the club at a Bozeman warehouse, according to revenue department documents.

This story has been updated to include a comment from the Yellowstone Club.

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