Biz buzz, Aug. 18, 2013
Kristy Citrola and her family decided to get back into the restaurant business after an eight-year hiatus with plans to open Citrola’s Italian Grill, 624 Rae Lynn St., a location formerly occupied by the Cinnamon Grill and Black Bear Diner.
The restaurant opens its doors Tuesday with a traditional Italian menu of food handmade by Citrola’s husband, co-owner and executive chef John Citrola.
“He makes everything himself, all his own bread, his pizza dough, everything is homemade,” Kristy Citrola said. Her husband has been cooking since Saturday to prepare for the grand opening, she said.
The family moved from Florida, where they already own two Italian restaurants, to put some distance between their two youngest sons and the family business and to make it possible for John Citrola to work in the gas fields. Hurricane Charlie, which struck Florida in 2004, also was a factor, Citrola said.
John Citrola cooked for co-workers and friends while working in the field the past several years. After getting transferred to Grand Junction, “He finally decided to start getting paid for it,” Kristy Citrola said.
■ Allegiant Air recently announced it will offer new, nonstop, seasonal jet service from Montrose to Los Angeles, Calif., and reintroduce service to Phoenix, Ariz., beginning Dec. 21.
The company will introduce the new service with fares as low as $79.99 one-way to Los Angeles and $73.99 one-way to Phoenix. The seasonal flights will operate twice weekly from Montrose Regional Airport to Los Angeles International Airport and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. Flight days and times have yet to be posted at allegiant.com.
“We are excited to be working with Allegiant again this coming winter, and thrilled with the addition of the Los Angeles service to Montrose,” said Matt Skinner, chief operating officer for Telluride Montrose Regional Air Organization.
■ Susan Shafer, spokeswoman for MBC Grand Broadcasting, 1360 E. Sherwood Drive, said The Moose and The Vault recently swapped broadcast frequencies for two reasons.
First, The Vault, which offers a variety of programming, replaced KJOY as an MBC station and needed to distinguish itself from the KJOY brand. KJOY was broadcasting at 92.3 FM. Second, The Moose, which Shafer called “the dominant” country music station in the Grand Valley, decided to move down the FM dial from competitor KEKB, which broadcasts at 99.9 FM. Now The Vault broadcasts at 100.7 FM and The Moose broadcasts at 92.3 FM.
■ Mary Ann Starky, a Grand Junction native, created a free phone application that allows users to locate pool halls anywhere in the United States as well as tournament listings, league information, and contests. GoPlayPool.com “received “Apple’s blessing” in August 2012 and launched in September 2012, Starky said.
■ Inspired by handset mining typography from Colorado’s gold rush days, graphic designer Monte Mitchell, who grew up in Grand Junction, created a downloadable font called Centennial, named in honor of the Centennial State.
Interested users, art students and word processors can download the font at http://www.portmonteau.com and donate something at the same time in exchange for making personal use of the font file. Mitchell said a portion of donations will go to support public education in Colorado via DonorsChoose.org.