A $1 million public improvements project along Seventh Street that will bring outdoor dining to Glenwood Springs’ “restaurant row” turned out to be the perfect opportunity for the Glenwood Canyon Brewpub to do some needed sprucing up inside as well.
In addition to opening up the main bar area with a sliding door onto the new patio, Brewpub co-owners Bill and Jim Carver of Durango are overseeing a major renovation project in the kitchen and other areas of the restaurant.
“The kitchen has been getting busier and busier, and it really needed to be upgraded after 20 years of hard work,” Bill Carver said as he and his brother worked with electricians and other contractors to install new LED lighting and energy efficient appliances as well as a new floor and a fresh coat of paint throughout.
Over the years, the Brewpub, which also involves Hotel Denver owners April and Steve Carver (no relation to Bill and Jim) as partners, has made upgrades to different areas of the restaurant.
But the kitchen really needed attention, Jim Carver said, especially with the hiring of new head chef Jason Barnicoat in January.
One of Barnicoat’s specialties is homemade beer battering, including onion rings and the Brewpub’s signature fish-and-chips.
“The kitchen will have all new equipment to allow for hand-battering, where we used to have pre-battered fish,” Jim Carver said.
A few changes are being made to the main indoor seating and bar areas, including a new connection from the back bar area to the Hotel Denver atrium to allow people to have a beer or cocktail while they wait for their seats.
The big change will be the new open-air seating area in the main bar and on the patio, which will increase the Brewpub’s seating capacity by 30 during the warmer months.
“The whole front dining room will be open air when the weather is nice,” Bill Carver said.
No signs could provide the same kind of advertising as having a whole two blocks of street front dedicated to outdoor dining during the height of tourist season and summer activities, he said.
Other restaurants in that stretch, including The Pullman, Juicy Lucy’s and the Riviera Supper Club, are also planning to provide outdoor dining areas when the streetscape project is finished in May.
The Brewpub is closed during the renovation project, but is planning to reopen for business on April 26, and will begin offering outdoor dining when the streetscape project is complete and the weather allows.
The city of Glenwood Springs is also still finalizing a policy and fee structure for restaurants to use public sidewalk space for outdoor dining.