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WEST CARTHAGE — After more than five months of waiting, Bauer’s Bar and Grill finally can be fully operational.

Marietta E. “Meme” Hofbauer purchased the bar and restaurant business at 19 Bridge St. at the beginning of the year. She applied for a liquor license and was granted a temporary license in February, which was rescinded four days later.

Mrs. Hofbauer said she was told the license was denied “due to the cancellation of the previous license” and because village officials objected to licensing the former Longshots Bar and Grill.

To stay afloat financially, she opened for food only in March and did business seven days a week until the beginning of June, when she began opening only twice a week.

“Business dropped once the nice weather started and people left for the lake,” Mrs. Hofbauer said.

After reapplying for licensing, she and her husband drove to Albany recently and successfully appealed to the state Liquor Authority board. Represented by a lawyer, they laid out the history of the establishment, including conversations they had with the village police, Zoning Board and mayor, Mrs. Hofbauer said.

In 2008, after two previous owners, Gregory and Carolyn J. Petitto of Gouverneur opened the Roma Family Restaurant. Dennis T. Kriwox, Adams Center, and Loren A. Richardson, Carthage, transformed the dining spot into a sports-oriented establishment called Longshots.

The Hofbauers will keep the sports-bar theme, but customers can expect to see “SpongeBob” on the big-screen television during the dinner hour to keep the little ones amused and create a “family-friendly environment.”

“I want it to be a mixture of everything — I want my little one to have fun and be proud of it,” she said holding her 10-week-old son, Jordon.

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