The restaurant at Cedaredge Golf Club may have new management soon.
The town received one proposal by the Jan. 10 deadline to lease the facility and operate it.
The proposal was from Doug Coburn, head chef for a year and a half at the Wildfire Pizzeria before it closed in November.
Coburn told the town trustees he is confident a new mix of recipes, menus and special promotions will at last bring the neighborhood business the clubhouse restaurant needs to succeed and has lacked through two previous management regimens since it was known as Berardi's.
Coburn also said he hoped to attract business from elsewhere in the valley, and beyond.
The trustees authorized town staff to enter into negotiations with Coburn, a resident of Paonia who has worked in the food service industry for 20 years, he said.
Negotiations are intended to lead to a lease agreement with the town. During the talks, Coburn will be sitting across the table from the town administrator, town finance director, the golf course pro, and maybe the town attorney, as he tries to strike a workable deal.
"I'm not interested in making a lot of money or becoming a millionaire," he told the town board on Jan. 16, adding that he hopes the restaurant will make money for the golf course and for the town.
Town officials had almost convinced Coburn to step in and take over operations of the Wildfire when it closed last year. Though he had tentatively agreed to take over the operations and was introduced at a special trustee meeting, he decided to reconsider at that time.
Coburn told the trustees on Jan. 16 that he had all of the necessary arrangements made for going into business and only needed a final agreement with the town. He hopes for an opening around March 1.blog comments powered by Disqus