Biz Buzz: Oct. 5, 2017

More changes are afoot at the notable downtown eatery Il Bistro Italiano, 400 Main St., which will be dark until Oct. 24 according to restaurant proprietors Brunella Gualerzi and Ron Hall.

The longtime restaurant — they celebrated 19 years of operation this past August — serves a fusion of traditional Italian dishes and modern Italian cuisine, but has had a few fits and starts over their recent past. An announcement at the restaurant, though, shares the owners’ plans for the popular spot moving forward.

Starting Oct. 24, the restaurant will be open Tuesday through Saturday, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with “exciting” menus that will change each week, including new daily specials.

“Most Saturdays, Brunella will be teaching cooking classes in the mornings and our deli selections will expand considerably,” a note from the Il Bistro family says.

Passers-by likely have noticed that the space has been closed since Sept. 30, but owners plan to reopen to customers on Oct. 24. The lengthy closure is required to “prepare for all these changes,” they said.

After that re-opening date, the restaurant will also be available for private parties day and night.

You can check out their progress in reshaping the restaurant’s menus at, and also find information about events, cooking classes and special dinners.

Bob Scott RVs has been serving western Colorado and eastern Utah since 1988, and they’ve recently moved their sales center. You can now find your next RV or trailer at 2122 U.S. Highway 6, west of Exit 26 off of Interstate 70. Sales hours there are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

There’s also some new inventory on offer, including a line of teardrop trailers that can easily be towed by smaller SUVs, but you’ll still find a wide variety of travel trailers, pop-ups, and truck campers at the dealership.

■ The massive Great American Beer Festival is this week in Denver, but the party will continue on this side of the divide on Friday, Oct. 13, when The Ale House, 2531 N. 12th St. in Grand Junction hosts a Post-GABF Beer Dinner featuring Crooked Stove Artisans.

According to organizers, they’ll pair delicious craft brews distributed by CSA with a seasonal menu.

Planned menu pairings include a fried oyster street taco with CSA’s Trellis Buster Double IPA; Pueblo chili and cauliflower bisque with Daisy Cutter Pale Ale by Half Acre; and Rocky Mountain quail with Olathe sweet corn and chanterelles fricassee with The Harlot by Societe. There’s even dessert: pumpkin tiramisu with Coffee Cinnamon B-Bomb by Fremont Brewing.

Tickets are $50 per person, or $90 for a pair. Seating is limited, and participants must be 21 or older. Get them online at

■ There are two big weekends coming up for home builders and proud home owners, as the 36th annual Parade of Homes takes place Friday through Sunday and Oct. 13-15 around the Grand Valley.

Tickets — on sale at local City Market stores for $10 — allow the self-guided tour of high-quality built and designed homes, and each stop on the tour highlights design trends and new home technology.

More information can be found through the Western Colorado Association of Home Builders at or by calling 245-0253.

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