Biz Buzz, Sept. 3, 2017

Grand Junction’s La Quinta Inn and Suites has a brand new look and plenty of upgrades after it finished up $2.5 million in renovations in July.

The hotel, 2761 Crossroads Blvd., was one of 35 La Quintas around the country to undergo a full renovation, and general manager Mya Beckley said she believed another 25 hotels would be renovated next year.

Beckley said she was excited that her hotel was chosen for the first round of improvements.

“We felt it was a real vote of confidence for us,” she said.

The seven months of work started in mid-December 2016 and included a complete interior renovation with new furniture, bathrooms, drywall and flooring. The hotel also went through a major exterior remodel with landscaping and paint improvements and a new color of gray and taupe, a change from the standard yellow and gold.

“We lost that Southwestern look and have a more contemporary look,” Beckley said.

The hotel was open throughout the construction, and the work was done one floor at a time, starting on the fifth floor and working down.

“It was pretty unobtrusive the first two to three months,” she said.

Beckley said she’s received great reviews from guests, including several who asked if the hotel — which opened in 2000­ — ­­­ ­was brand new.

The bottom floor work includes a renovated lobby, front desk and breakfast area. The biggest addition is a new state-of-the-art fitness center. The hotel still has a boardroom for meetings. 

“We are so excited to let the community know about our new look and added amenities,” Beckley said. 

■ Nightlife lovers have a new place to grab a late meal or snack on weekend evenings as Killer Bee’s Catering is planting its food truck downtown.

Ruth and Seth Biskupski opened in July and park their food truck near Fifth Street and Colorado Avenue. They are open from 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday evenings, serving an assortment of food including pierogis, hamburgers, hot dogs, kabobs, french fries and fried ice cream.

“We try to have a little something for whatever craving people might have late at night,” Ruth Biskupski said.

Killer Bee’s opened in July and is also available for catering. To contact Ruth and Seth, search for their Facebook page.

Both Ruth and Seth have experience in the restaurant industry and wanted to provide a spot for late-night workers to eat after ending their shifts. They’re also there for the bar crowd once establishments shut down.

Ruth is a full-time student at Colorado Mesa while Seth holds down a part-time job when they’re not working on the catering business.

Killer Bee’s works out of The Business Incubator and the Biskupskis do a lot of their prep work in the incubator’s kitchen.


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