Biz Buzz, April 21, 2013
When it opened in 2011, Uncle Nub’s Bait Shop Wing Grill & Bar was a little bit of everything to everybody: a heavy emphasis on wings and barbecue, some Southern and cajun food, burgers and a host of televisions tuned to a variety of programming.
Owners Jim and Liz Cagle have since shifted their focus, moving the business to a new location, giving it a new name and tweaking the menu a bit.
Uncle Nub’s Bait Shop Bayou Grill & Brew, 115 W. Grand Ave., Suite A, quietly opened Monday, its operators believing a more centralized locale, a larger kitchen and a previously underutilized patio area will benefit the business.
The building Uncle Nub’s moved into has been a revolving door for restaurants over the years. The last one, Vance’s Epic-Curious, owned by former Denver Bronco Vance Johnson, lasted a little more than three months before closing last November.
The Cagles know the history but aren’t worried about it, saying they believe it’s a matter of getting the right concept in place to draw customers.
Todd Colosimo, director of operations for J&L Restaurant Group, the umbrella under which Uncle Nub’s operates, noted that the Cagles successfully ran the Shake, Rattle & Roll Diner on West Grand Avenue and two other locations in the Grand Valley for five years.
“It’s not a concern. It really isn’t,” Colosimo said.
In moving from Clifton to Grand Junction, Uncle Nub’s maintained roughly the same amount of square footage but flip-flopped how that space is used, going from two-thirds of the space being dedicated to the front of the restaurant to two-thirds of it being dedicated to the back and kitchen area. The number of tabletops didn’t change, however, and cooks have more room with which to work.
There are other changes, too: more than doubling the number of beer taps, increasing the emphasis on Southern and cajun food, expanding the seafood options to include fried salmon and salmon croquettes and pulling back a bit on the wings and barbecue.
Uncle Nub’s is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
■ The Cagles’ decision to move Uncle Nub’s was made easier by the fact that Enzo Favali was looking to expand his own restaurant.
Favali, the owner of Enzo’s Pizzeria and Italian Cafe, 759 Horizon Drive, will soon open a second location for an eatery that has quickly gained a loyal following since opening in 2009. He hopes to flip on the lights at Enzo’s Pizza Shack, 3235 Interstate 70 Business Loop, in mid-May.
The Cagles and Favalis met about a year ago when the former dined at the latter’s restaurant. When Jim Cagle found out Favali wanted to branch out, he offered Favali his place in Clifton.
That fit Favali just fine, since he was looking to open a second location but “didn’t want to compete with myself,” something he figured he’d be doing if he created a second restaurant in Grand Junction.
Enzo’s Pizza Shack will be a bit more laid back than Enzo’s Pizzeria and Italian Cafe. The Clifton restaurant will be something of a combination of a pizzeria and sports bar, with a dozen televisions lining the walls and bar area. Diners will still find pizza, strombolis and calzones, but Favali will drop the sauteed cooking in Clifton and add a salad bar, more appetizers and more hot subs.
“We’re trying to capture a different crowd,” he said.
■ After Shock Xtreme Entertainment, a new nightclub, has opened at 490 28 1/4 Road, the former location of Whiskey River.
The club offers free limousine rides and college nights one night a week to the 18-and-over crowd.
After Shock is open from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday and Saturday, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday.