Despite casino opposition, Mullan restaurant gets city approval

Bret Anne Serbin

A new multipurpose business that would incorporate a tavern, market, restaurant and casino weathered opposition from two members of the Missoula City Council Monday to secure conditional use approval from the city.

The enterprise, known as Cru, will be located on the southeast corner of a larger development called Mullan Crossing, at the intersection of Clark Fork Lane and Mullan Road.

The development team behind Cru includes Press Box sports bar owners John Sargent and James Jones, along with two other Missoulians.

Between the different facets of the business, Cru will offer fine dining, beer, wine and spirits, as well as take-and-bake foods.

The casino element of the development, however, generated controversy among council members Monday night.

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“Running for council,” Ward 3 Councilmember Daniel Carlino said, “I tried to do my best to run on a platform of trying to alleviate poverty. And I just don’t think adding more casinos will help with that goal of alleviating poverty, so I do not intend to support this.”

Ward 6 Councilmember Kristen Jordan backed up her colleague Carlino.

“This is a decision we could make to create a neighborhood

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