Biz Buzz, Oct. 21, 2012

Mooyah will attempt to do in the Grand Valley what Smashburger couldn’t: develop and sustain a burger-and-fries chain in the growing fast-casual dining concept.

Mooyah recently announced plans to open 34 restaurants throughout Colorado over the next 10 years, an expansion that will include one or two locations in the Grand Valley.

“I really wanted to bring a better-burger concept to Colorado. I know it’s work with other brands out there now,” said Scott Adams, one of two development agents who are bringing the stores to the state.

Mooyah touts its focus on fresh food. The restaurants make their own buns in-house, use fresh beef and employ a six-step process that takes 24 hours and uses fresh potatoes to make french fries. Burgers are served with all the fixings and a choice of nine sauces and five cheeses. Burgers come in turkey and vegetarian options and diners can also choose sweet potato fries rather than traditional french fries.

Mooyah’s menu also features a selection of 14 shakes.

“I would characterize the concept as very family-friendly,” Adams said. “There’s a board on a wall that people can doodle on. Kids can play. There are a few big-screen TVs on the walls.”

Adams said he is actively pursuing franchisees in Grand Junction, and there is no timeline for when a Mooyah will open here. Anyone interested in owning a franchise can email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The Frisco, Texas-based company started in 2007 and operates in 41 locations, mostly in Texas.

■ Mac and Apple lovers soon will have a local outlet where they can get their technology fix.

Simply Mac, a Utah-based exclusive reseller of Apple products, will open a 2,500-square-foot store early next month at 2536 Rimrock Ave., Suite 300, in the Rimrock Shopping Center. The nearest Apple retail store currently is in Denver.

“We’ve been looking at Grand Junction for several years. We were just waiting for the right time,” said Steve Bain, Simply Mac president and co-founder. “There are a lot of medium-sized cities that are underserved from an exclusive retail Apple experience perspective.”

Simply Mac sells new and used computers, iPads, iPods, iPhones, Apple TV and Apple accessories. It also performs warranty and nonwarranty services and repair and offers personalized training classes known as “Simply Answers.”

“The real benefit we have is we offer an exclusive environment where (selling and servicing Apple products) is all we do,” Bain said. “We feel like we can hire and train our employees better to represent an exclusive brand like Apple.”

He said the company is still looking to hire five or six employees. Those interested in applying for a job can go to http://www.simplymac.iapplicants.com.

The Grand Junction store will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Bain said Simply Mac will hold a large grand-opening event and that people can check for details about the event at http://www.simplymac.com.

The six-year-old company has eight other stories located in Utah (three in Salt Lake City and one each in Layton, Ore and St. George), Wyoming (Jackson Hole) and Idaho (Idaho Falls).

Kannah Creek Brewing Co.‘s Lands End Amber won a silver medal at last weekend’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver, the second medal for the Grand Junction brew pub’s most popular beer.

This year’s competition featured 666 breweries with 4,338 beers in 84 categories. The Lands End Amber competed against 34 entries in the German-Style Altbier category.

“When you win a medal, at least you know you are on the right track,” Kannah Creek brewer Matt Simpson said. “It gets you motivated to keep trying to make better beer.”

The Lands End Amber also won a gold medal at the 2010 World Beer Cup.

Kannah Creek plans to expand production and begin bottling its Lands End Amber and Standing Wave Pale Ale at a new facility scheduled to open at Seventh Street and Struthers Avenue in May 2013.

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