BIZ BUZZ, Nov. 11, 2012

Charlie Dwellington has moved into downtown Grand Junction, and he’s brought foosball, darts and a bucket of bacon with him.

The bar at 103 N. First St. has operated under multiple owners and names over the last several years. The Sports Page became Weaver’s Tavern, which then became The Red Room, which then became Weaver’s Red Room.

As of the beginning of this month, it’s now Charlie Dwellington’s, and the owners say it fills a niche downtown as a place to relax, play a few games and grab a bite to eat after a night out.

“I’ve always loved that bar. It’s got a lot of potential,” said Liz Sinclair, who owns the bar along with husband and wife Todd and Sarah Savoie. “I think it could be a huge anchor to downtown. It’s got a nice, neighborhood feel. It’s got a good college following. It has always had a good happy hour.”

Sinclair knows the place better than most. She’s worked there a couple of different times over the years, and when David and Sanna Weaver were looking for a buyer — the couple bought it, sold it, then bought it back — Sinclair pitched a plan to the Savoies to buy and run it. Todd Savoie, as it happened, had long been interested in owning a bar.

The place features a new menu with typical bar fare and soon will offer a late-night menu highlighted by a “Bucket of Bacon” with a choice of sides of cheese, chocolate or gravy. Patrons can flip a coin with the bartender for a chance at a free drink. There are pool and foosball tables, a jukebox and darts. Karaoke and live bands are in the works.

So who is Charlie Dwellington? Consider him a marketing and promotional tool.

“He is whoever you want him to be,” Sinclair said. “He is just a legit, old school bar owner who wants people to come in and have fun.”

The Savoies and Sinclair considered calling the bar the 21st Amendment. But they figured too few people would pick up on its significance (the 21st amendment repealed Prohibition, for those in need of a U.S. history refresher).

The bar is open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday.

Zoup! Fresh Soup Co. will open Thursday in the Chinle Plaza at 644 North Ave., Suite 1, giving another option to Grand Valley diners craving a hot bowl of soup as the weather cools.

A pre-opening fundraising event is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday to benefit Hilltop Community Resources’ Senior Daybreak, a daycare program for seniors affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s. For a $5 donation, guests will receive bowl of soup, a hunk of bread and a fountain drink, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the nonprofit organization.

Zoup! features 12 rotating daily varieties of soup as well as grilled sandwiches and salads.

This is the first Zoup! location west of the Continental Divide.

Cinnamon Grill was pitched as a restaurant that prided itself on serving fresh food with as many local ingredients as possible — produce, wines, jams, vodka and gin.

Fourteen months after it opened, the eatery at 624 Rae Lynn St., Suite C, has closed.

Customers who visited the restaurant this week found a sign posted on the door reading “We want to thank all of our friends, family & guests. WE ARE OUT OF BUSINESS. It’s been great!”

■ Former Denver Bronco Vance Johnson’s attempt to expand his restaurant holdings in western Colorado lasted a little more than three months.

Vance’s Epic-Curious, 115 W. Grand Ave. Suite A, shuttered last week, apparently without warning to Johnson’s employees.

Staffers who showed up for work found a note on the door indicating they no longer had jobs. Employees said they haven’t been paid and their phone calls haven’t been returned, KJCT-TV reported.

Johnson, who owns a barbecue restaurant in Parachute, admitted to The Daily Sentinel in July that he was nervous about opening a restaurant in a struggling economy. Vance’s Epic-Curious featured cuisine ranging from Cajun and fish tacos to burgers and barbecue.

“We don’t want to fail,” he said. “I told my employees that I don’t want to see ‘Epic Failure’ on the front page of the newspaper.”

The location next to Subway has hosted a number of unsuccessful tenants over the years, including Smashburger, Mad Mac’s Barbecue and a 1950s-style diner.

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