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Eateries crop up in Eagle County

Scott N. Miller
The Vail Daily
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Real estate’s mantra – location, location, location – works in other businesses, too. It seems especially true in the local restaurant business, although you can add “opportunity” to the chant, too.

In Avon, Blue Plate Bistro owners Adam and Ellie Roustom are finishing an extensive remodeling job on restaurant space in the town’s “boat building,” right next door to Vin 48.

The actual move isn’t far – across the street from the restaurant’s old space inside the Christy Lodge – but it marks a step forward for just about every part of the business.



“The old space was just too small,” Adam Roustom said. “When you’re that small, your business is just so seasonal.”

The new space is also far more visible from the street. Just about anyone driving to City Market will notice the newly lit-up space. The new Blue Plate is also larger than the old – a lot larger – and will allow the Roustoms to expand the menu and have an actual bar. The extra space will also provide room for a couple of dining rooms: one for couples seeking a quiet dinner and one for families, although the family space will be nothing like a Chuck E. Cheese.



On the northwest side of the main Avon interchange, Jim Pavelich saw the perfect marriage of location and opportunity. The result was the Nov. 25 opening of the Northside Coffee and Kitchen, a place that serves a variety of warm beverages, baked goods and sandwiches.

This is Pavelich’s first foray into restaurant ownership – he’s best known locally for founding the Vail Daily and the Vail Mountaineer. But, he said, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to put a place on the site of Avon’s old Pizza Hut – and on the west side of the gas pumps from the 7-11 store and across the street from another gas station.

“It’s just an irresistible location,” Pavelich said. “That Pizza Hut at first was one of the busiest anywhere.”

Brian Butler, one of the owners of JP’s Old Forge Pizza, is getting ready to open another restaurant next month, this one in the old Mi Zuppa space in West Vail.

“When you see a spot and have faith in the product, you have to look at it,” Butler said.

But that look at the highly-visible space also required a hard look at how it might affect Old Forge’s other locations in Lionshead and Edwards. After looking at the customer base, it started to look like a West Vail location would build the business’s customer base without taking patrons from the other two stores.


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