Glenwood Springs Dos Hombres to close in April |

Glenwood Springs Dos Hombres to close in April

Pete Fowlerpfowler@postindependent.comGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS John Webber has owned two restaurants in the area for 10 years, but said he will close down Dos Hombres in Glenwood Springs in April.The decision was actually made 1 1/2 years ago and has nothing to do with the current economic downturn, Webber said.The primary reason has been trying to get help in Glenwood Springs, he said.Getting good employees is always a challenge in Glenwood Springs, an area with a high cost of living and lack of available housing.But the restaurants profitability was also a factor. Development downvalley seemed to reduce the need for people to come to Glenwood Springs, which in the past had always led to more business for the restaurant, Webber said.Downvalley development also seemed to draw away the work force.Not only did all of our customers come from downvalley, he said. All of our workers came from downvalley. As the economic development happened downvalley, people had less reasons to come to Glenwood Springs every day.Webber also owns the Elk Creek Mining Company in New Castle, which he said will remain open. Elk Creek opened in 1999 and Dos Hombres opened in 1992. Webber does not own the Dos Hombres restaurants in Grand Junction.I have two restaurants that both were doing mediocre, Webber said. Ive spent the last five months focusing on my restaurant in New Castle and it started to turn around. If I can cut out way more than half the stress and eliminate my Glenwood restaurant, and make even close to the same amount of money, who wouldnt do that?About 25 employees jobs could be affected by the Dos Hombres closure in April. Webber said some of the popular menu items at Dos Hombres may very likely stay alive and appear on the menu at Elk Creek. Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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