Petroleum Club

Jim Anderson, right, chats with longtime friend Jim Ripley, left, at the Casper Petroleum Club as they await election results in November 2012. The club announced recently it will close its doors at the end of 2016 due to declining membership.

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The Casper Petroleum Club is closing its doors in December after serving as a local industry hub for 67 years, the club announced on its website.

The upscale restaurant has experienced a decline in membership for the past 15 years, according to a statement on the club website.

“It is with heavy hearts that the board must announce the situation has now reached a level that requires the Casper Petroleum Club to close permanently,” the statement, from the club’s board of directors, read.

In its heyday, the club served as a meeting ground for commerce. Its clientele included leaders in Wyoming’s oil industry and business sector.

Started in 1949 by 15 Casper businessmen, the Petroleum Club was formed to bring together those who could shape the future of Wyoming’s economy, according to the club’s website.

The restaurant’s board plans to keep operating through December to honor existing reservations and allow staff to find other employment. But that would require better attendance in September, or the club could close in October, according to the club’s statement.

In mid-September, the restaurant will begin cutting back on its hours, closing dinner service Monday and Tuesday evenings due to declining clientele.

The club could not be reached for comment by press time.

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Heather Richards writes about energy and the environment. A native of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, she moved to Wyoming in 2015 to cover natural resources and government in Buffalo. Heather joined the Star Tribune later that year.

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