Juicy Lucy’s expansion project nears completion
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A piece of old Leadville will grace the new section of Juicy Lucy’s Steakhouse on Seventh Street when the popular downtown eatery reopens for the holiday season.
Part of the deal when Juicy Lucy’s owners David and Cece Zumwinkle purchased the former bakery building next door, from fellow Glenwood restaurateur Gregory Durrett, was a bar that originally came from the ladies lounge at the historic Tabor Grand Hotel in Leadville.
Durrett reportedly bought the bar in an auction several years ago and used it for awhile before storing it away in a garage behind the bakery building.
“He decided to let the bar stay with the property,” Cece Zumwinkle said of the bonus buy. “We were very excited when we pulled it out and looked at it, and started thinking about how we could use it.”
Juicy Lucy’s has been closed for the past few weeks while embarking on a major renovation that involved the purchase of the main building they have leased from Durrett since opening 11 years ago.
In addition, they purchased the adjacent building from Durrett, which in recent years has housed a pair of bakeries, Wild Rose and the Maple Table.
The renovation has involved removal of the old bar in the main restaurant building and punching through the wall to the old bakery building, where the newly refurbished bar and additional seating will be located. The bar is being renovated by Samuel Gonzalez of The Gonzalez Tradition.
“This is something we’ve actually been working on for a couple of years,” Zumwinkle said. “The new section is wonderful just because of its history.”
However, the building needed some structural work done before the full renovation could begin, she said.
“We’ve been moving slowly on it for awhile, but this past summer we revved it up,” she said. “We hope to reopen by the end of this month.”
The main entrance will now be through the new section. In addition to the bar, it will have four small cocktail tables as well as some four-tops, that can be pushed together for larger groups, that will replace a couple of tables that will be lost in the main dining room, Zumwinkle said.
“We didn’t want to spoil the integrity of the old building,” she said. “It will be a nice, cozy spot to wait for a table now. So many people are used to waiting outside in inclement weather, and they won’t have to do that now.”
Although not part of the initial plans, they also hope to eventually open the patio behind the new building section for an extra dining area during the warmer months.
“This is something we’ve always hoped to be able to do, so we’re very excited, especially in this economy,” Zumwinkle said.
Juicy Lucy’s will continue its same lunch and dinner menu of steaks, lamb and fresh fish, “and prices won’t go up,” she said. However, she said a separate bar menu is a possibility.
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