According to the former developer of the Casa De Loco Winery, located west of Camdenton on the Big Niangua River, the venue is expected to reopen in 2018.
Editor's Note: This story has been edited to reflect corrected information about the sale of Casa De Loco Winery and the status of Casa 2.0 in Camdenton.
The foreclosure of a lake area venue plagued with problems and ongoing disputes with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Camden County Health Department and Mid-County Fire Protection District may not be its demise.
According to the former developer of the Casa De Loco Winery, located west of Camdenton on the Big Niangua River, the venue is expected to reopen in 2018. The venue offered a winery.
Casa De Loco developer Larry Owens said a sale was made to a party that plans to renovate the property, work with DNR on an acceptable sewer system and road improvements. Owens did not say if the sale took place prior to the foreclosure sale.
Since the initial publication of this story, LakeNews has heard from one of the new owners - Gail Griswold of Shawnee Bluff Winery - who confirmed that they purchased Casa De Loco on the courthouse steps.
Casa De Loco shut down earlier this year. A notice on the website said due “to uncontrollable delays, floods, road washouts and delay in investors funds we will not be opening casa in the country this season.”
Casa 2.0 located on Highway 54 in Camdenton was not included in the foreclosure. According to the City of Camdenton, this location's liquor license was suspended effective 5 p.m. March 10, 2017, and its annual business license was not renewed on May 31, 2017.
The Casa De Loco venue ran into problems with DNR over the wastewater treatment system and alleged discharges that violated the Missouri Clean Water rules.
At one time, the Camden County Commission and Camden County Health Department were involved in an ongoing dispute over jurisdiction. The county commission allowed the venue to stay open without a license from the health department while attempts were made to sort the DNR problems out and establish who had authority.
Casa De Loco also ran into conflicts with Mid-County Fire Protection District over building permits.
More problems followed Casa De Loco as the move to open a second location in Camdenton stalled for a time during discussions about inspections and a liquor license.
The Casa De Loco location has a long and interesting history. At one time, it was a facility for patients with mental illness. When the land was first developed it was a privately-owned resort-type retreat.