Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis may be revived along with 2nd Campground

Though final plans haven’t been revealed, public records show that Full Throttle Saloon owner Michael Ballard is planning to return to the Sturgis campground scene, and a county official says Ballard may soon operate in two locations outside the city, including at the Broken Spoke Campground.


Ballard, whose Full Throttle Saloon on Highway 34 was destroyed by fire a month after the 2015 motorcycle rally, has been publicly uncertain about his famed bar’s future after the blaze.


But documents filed with the Meade County auditor show Ballard has applied to take over a retail on-sale liquor license and a retail on-off sale malt beverage license from the owner of the Broken Spoke Saloon & Campground, which is at 13028 South Dakota Ave. The Broken Spoke is about 7 miles northeast of the current Full Throttle location.


The documents show that the Full Throttle Saloon & Campground, 13018 South Dakota Ave., SD. Hwy. 79, is the name of the business that will use the licenses.

The owner of the business is listed as Full Throttle Saloon and Campground, LLC, 12997 S.D. Highway 34, which is the address of the leveled Full Throttle Saloon. The application was signed by Michael Ballard. Ballard ran the sprawling tavern but also was the star of a reality TV show based on his business and its interesting clientele, and has a moonshine distillery business on the side. The main bar was destroyed by fire on Sept. 8, 2015; no one was injured in the fire but the building was a total loss.

Ballard also is seeking to renew his original Full Throttle malt-beverage license, Meade County Auditor Lisa Schieffer said.


Source: Ballard may revive Full Throttle, and may add a second campground | Local | rapidcityjournal.com


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