K&C wants to end lease at golf course restaurant

By Hank Lohmeyer


Cedaredge trustees heard during a special meeting on Monday, Nov. 23, that the manager of K&C's Local Grill, the restaurant at Cedaredge Golf Course, intends to terminate his lease on the facility at year's end.

Town administrator Katie Sickles told the trustees that restaurant manager Doug Coburn had notified the town that he wants to terminate his lease at the restaurant effective Jan 1. Coburn was not present at the meeting.

The meeting's agenda included a discussion item, Golf Course Restaurant. Judging from comments made by trustees at the meeting, the news hadn't come as a big surprise.

According to a copy of the lease document, it automatically terminates "if a new lease is not executed at least 180 days prior to the expiration of [the current] lease." The current lease was scheduled to terminate at the end of February. The 11-page lease has been in effect since March of last year.

The document called for lease payments to the town on a sliding seasonal scale totaling $9,900 per year. The lease money is deposited in the town's golf course fund as non-golf operations.

"We are looking at options," Sickles told trustees at the meeting.

Coburn took over the restaurant management when the previous occupant, Wild Fire Pizzeria, closed. Coburn had been the lead chef for the pizzeria.

The restaurant has undergone a series of different managements over the past decade. Coburn's decision to step into the management was the only response the town received from its 2014 request for proposals for a new manager, according to town records.

However, at that time one of the possibilities trustees had been presented with was a city-run restaurant operation. Golf pro Larry Murphy outlined the idea to trustees for his taking reigns of a scaled-back food and beverage service there.

The town board wasn't really interested at the time in going into the restaurant business. But with the record that private enterprise has established at the restaurant, the eventual necessity of taking the business fully under the town's wings to keep it operating has never been far from town hall's consideration. In fact, the lease agreement with Coburn provides that if the restaurant were to close down during busy golf months, the town itself could step in and take over a noontime lunch service there.

The trustees were not scheduled to take any final action on the notice of termination at their Nov. 23 meeting.