Town wants professional help to find restaurateur
By Hank Lohmeyer
Published Thursday, January 28, 2016 7:53 am
The Cedaredge Town Board, during its regular meeting on Jan. 21, gave the go-ahead for staff to work out an agreement with an experienced local listing agent to find someone to operate the golf course restaurant.
One problem that was discussed in marketing the business and finding a qualified operator will be that management has changed hands several times in the past decade. As a result, there is no historical profit-and-loss information on operations.
"We always had private operators," trustee Nancy Sturgill explained. So the town has no hard numbers on the business operations.
Lucinda Stanley, owner of Grand Mesa Commercial Real Estate, asked golf pro Larry Murphy, "Don't you have anything, Larry?"
Murphy replied good-naturedly, "I have an idea."
He said the course restaurant needs to be open by April 1. Sturgill said also that there needs to be a food operation in place within 60 days.
But there can be no promises that a qualified, full-time operator will be located in that short time frame, explained Stanley.
Trustee Al Smith asked what the chance is of success finding a new operator.
Stanley noted that "finding a good fit" would not be an "overnight process." A competent and experienced restaurateur will want to know what the business has produced in the past.
The trustees agreed that with a short time frame until the beginning of the golf season, a "temporary solution" had to be explored also. "We really don't have a lot of time," observed town administrator Katie Sickles.
She was also given a go-ahead to work on setting up a sandwich and wraps operation catered by an area restaurant to feed hungry golfers until a more permanent operator can be found.