Is Jackson getting a restaurant and movie theater in one?


The owners of the Cadillac Grille and Billy’s Giant Hamburgers are considering a restaurant concept where diners could watch movies or screen sporting events at the current site of the Teton Theatre.

Owner Suzanne Marino went before the Jackson Town Council on Monday requesting permission to transfer the retail liquor license to a new corporation and from the space at 55 N. Cache one block away to the movie theater at 120 N. Cache.

Councilors approved the request with little discussion.

After the meeting, Marino talked with a few people outside council chambers, handing around spiral bound books showing photos of a restaurant and theater concept in one. Photos of the exterior show no changes to the historic stone building. But there did not appear to be any photos of the theater continuing to operate as a traditional cinema.

Marino said she wasn’t ready to talk more about potential plans for the theater building, mainly because the move is happening so swiftly and plans are still being developed. The lease she has with partner Ken Rominger for the two spaces expires March 31.

She described herself in “mourning” and the Cadillac and Billy’s as her “baby.” She said she’s now trying to create a new “baby.” Meanwhile, she also has to figure out what to do with all the equipment, furniture and fixtures inside the two restaurants, she said.

Last month, as first reported on Dishing, Rominger and Marino did not renew a lease they’ve held for 29 years in their space across from Town Square.

Instead, Trio owners Will Bradof and Paul Wireman have signed a lease to take over the space come April 1. They will open a second restaurant there while continuing to operate their popular bistro at 45 S. Glenwood.

In moving out of the Cadillac Grille, one of the first priorities was taking the liquor license with them. The license will transfer from Rom Corp LLC to Sequel LLC, but the individual owners — Marino and Rominger — remain the same.

A retail liquor license is the most flexible — and coveted — of all licenses. It allows for a bar or restaurant as well as a package liquor store and can sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

With this license moving, Bradof and Wireman asked the town council to open up the process for its last remaining bar and grill liquor license (Dishing left before councilors ruled on that request).

While the liquor license application contained a hand-drawn sketch with a 40- by 41.5-foot dispensing room “in the center of 1st floor of building,” that wasn’t reflected in the document Marino handed out (but quickly took back).

One photo in the spiral-bound book showed a large room with community tables and movie screen at the front. Other photos showed a number of tables and also included a large movie screen. Some pictures depicted a swanky looking restaurant with a lounge-like feel. Others seemed more like a high-end events venue.

Marino talked briefly with meeting-goers about screening sports games, like Moose Hockey.

Just what will be going there could be months away. According to town staff, renovations to the space could take two years.

Guess we’ll just have to stay tuned for more details on this exciting new venture reinventing the dinner and a movie concept in Jackson Hole.

(Note, the following pictures are similar to what was included in the book prepared for Monday’s meeting.)



About Author

Also originally from the South, Cara Rank discovered cooking was a creative outlet that helped her relax after long days writing magazine and newspaper articles during the past eight years in Jackson. Really, she just missed Southern food. A lot. During a 12-year career as a journalist, Cara has won numerous awards for her work and has written about everything from rodeo queens to Dolly Parton tomatoes. She spends her weekends making jars of pickles and jam and amazing dinners for friends. She loves shishito peppers, Chicago-style hot dogs and elderflower-spiked cocktails.

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