Biz Buzz, March 12, 2017

The smoky saga of Pink’s BBQ — the restaurant at 1014 N. Fifth St. catering to carnivores since June 2015, which ran afoul of at least one residential neighbor because of barbecue smoke — has taken a turn southward, so to speak.

Owners said they’ve had to shut their Grand Junction location and have since opened a restaurant in Delta at 1410 Valley View Drive #202.

“The owner of the building has told us she is not willing to make improvements the health department and the City of Grand Junction require for us to continue to smoke great BBQ at that location,” owners said in a recent Facebook post.

In a Daily Sentinel story last year, former Grand Junction resident Frank Francese, a neighbor, had raised health-related concerns about Pink’s smoker located nearby. County and city health officials said Pink’s was in compliance at the time. Francese is believed to have since moved from the area.

“The restaurant is working hard to be a benefit to the community,” restaurant co-owner Sean Petty said at the time.

“We will continue to cater amazing BBQ for your events in Grand Junction, and we are looking for a location in Grand Junction, so ... if anyone knows of a great space let us know!” a post to Pink’s Facebook page reads.

■ Just as the weather is starting to get warm, Bananas Fun Park, 2469 Riverside Parkway West, announced the addition of a tantalizing new project that they say will be ready for the coming summer — a multilevel and interactive water attraction that will be the biggest of its kind in the region.

Park owners announced on social media this week that they finished the planning for the water park a couple of months ago and are under construction.

They’re promising a 10,000-gallon tipping bucket, multilevel platforms, 50 interactive water features, slides, and amenities for parents to relax while the rest get super-soaked.

“Coconut Cove is nothing short of your family’s place to play and cool off this summer!” a post from the park reads.

They’ve set a June opening and encourage people to follow their progress during construction at

Home Loan Insurance made a couple of personnel announcements this past week, and they included a couple of names well known to the company.

First, in February, Dennis Derrieux rejoined the Home Loan team as the vice president of business strategy. Derrieux worked for Home Loan as a commercial insurance producer specializing in workers’ compensation from 1996 to 2006, but marks his return with a new role.

The other addition to the Home Loan team is well-known to local football fans. The company said recent Colorado Mesa University graduate Sean Rubalcaba — a standout athlete at both CMU and Grand Junction High School — will join Home Loan as a commercial account executive.

An announcement points out that Rubalcaba once received the Denver Post Gold Helmet for being the top student, scholar and citizen in the state. He received his insurance license in February, Home Loan said.

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