Garfield County businesses see fair share of holiday parties
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado ” Randy Sawatzky, general manager of Beau Jo’s pizza at the old Buffalo Valley Restaurant, had a very busy holiday party season.
Beau Jo’s had about 50 company parties at the establishment between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale on Highway 82. That’s a significant number considering many people’s thoughts that local companies would forego the holiday traditions this year in an attempt to cut costs due to the struggling economy.
“I think we’ve seen the same amount of parties as we have had in past years, but the parties weren’t as big,” Sawatzky said. “We had a couple of companies that did cancel because of economic conditions.”
Sawatzky did not name the companies that canceled.
The story is the same on the west end of Garfield County. The Columbine Restaurant, at the Rifle Creek Golf Course in Rifle, had plenty of company holiday parties as well, but what was unusual this year was the amount of last-minute cancellations they received.
“We did have some cancellations, but we did fill them up again,” said Columbine owner Reto Luzi. “I think we did fairly OK.”
Luzi said that his restaurant sees several local companies return each year for their holiday parties. But this year some of the loyal customers did not show up.
“I had one cancellation of a drilling company of 150 guests,” Luzi said.
He was able to fill the cancellation with another party, but with only a fraction of the people, he said. Luzi said he was still unsure of how, or if, he was affected financially.
“Financially, I don’t know yet,” he said. “Probably pretty much the same, but I really don’t know.”
Jackie Holgate, Lakota Canyon Recreation Center’s manager, said that she, too, had not seen a drop in number of parties, but that companies were finding other ways to cut corners.
“They may have cut back foodwise or cut corners other ways, trying to save a little bit that way so they could still have a party,” Holgate said. “I definitely did see that they were counting their pennies a little bit more strongly than they would have in the past.”
As far as busy holiday party seasons, Holgate said the Lakota Canyon Rec Center was booked for parties every Friday and Saturday night throughout the month of December. And, she added, none of her parties canceled, making it a very successful holiday party season for them.
“We were very lucky,” she said. “Our holiday season was great.”
Contact John Gardner: 384-9114
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