Biz Buzz, June 19, 2011

A pair of Fruita couples think they can do what their predecessors couldn’t: maintain a thriving brew pub in downtown Fruita.

Co-owners Fred and Terri Martinez and Jerry and Rochelle Tufly hope to open Suds Bros. Brewery at 127 E. Aspen Ave. in early September, satisfying Lower Valley residents’ thirst for a place to kick back with a handcrafted brew.

The building at the northwest corner of Aspen and Mulberry St. has sat dark for a few years now. The Fruita Brewing Co. and Boneyard Brewery took turns trying to fill a niche but failed.

So, what makes Suds Bros. different? They have a track record. A Suds Bros. brew pub has been operating in Evanston, Wyo., since 2006. The Martinezes’ two sons, Steven and Travis, run the restaurant there.

The Martinezes and Tuflys had hoped to open the Fruita location this spring, but a complete remodel of the building and delays in obtaining the necessary permits pushed back the launch date.

When it does open, Suds Bros. will offer eight different beers and a menu featuring pizza, sandwiches, burgers and salads.

Steve Menzies sold a locksmith company he owned in Delta several years ago, then watched the economy tank. It was good timing on his part then. And the former Grand Junction cop hopes his timing is right now as he returns to the business.

“I’m taking a leap of faith and hoping,” he said of opening J Lock & Key at 555 North Ave., No. 2.

He will have a ribbon-cutting Tuesday for the full-service locksmith business he opened May 1. Besides trusting the economy will improve, Menzies is banking on drawing business with a storefront in addition to mobile service. Menzies said most area locksmiths are solely mobile and require a service charge to go to the customer’s home or business. For people who want Menzies to come to them, he will. For those who want to save money by going to him, they can.

Menzies said his mobile prices are competitive, but the greatest savings are realized by bringing the lock, key or safe to his store, which also sells and services security systems. For information, call Menzies at 640-4524.

The construction went fast, 20 days, and at the end of last week, employees were training for what will begin Monday: Wienerschnitzel will open for business at Rocky Mountain C Stores’ Shell station at First Street and Grand Avenue.

The first Tastee Freez in Colorado will become part of the business a couple days later, according to Toby Williams, Rocky Mountain C Stores’ director of operations.

Wienerschnitzel has combined with convenience stores in the past, but there was a separation of ownership and store space that will not be the case in Grand Junction, Williams said. Rocky Mountain C Stores owns the convenience store and the restaurant franchise.

“When you come in the door, it’s the convenience store and the restaurant,” Williams said. “This is the first one like it for Wienerschnitzel.”

Wienerschnitzel will open at 7 a.m. and close at midnight daily, except Friday and Saturday when it remains open until 3 a.m.

Wienerschnitzel is marking its 50th anniversary this year, and the national chain now has more than 350 restaurants.

The Shell station’s Wienerschnitzel joins Grand Junction’s Wienerschnitzel at 2550 North Ave., which was built in 1968. The company claims it is the oldest restaurant in Grand Junction still operating from its original location.

Rocky Mountain C Stores plans to open another Wienerschnitzel/Tastee Freez at its Montrose Shell station later this summer.

Evidently the glass Pearle Vision special-ordered for its Mesa Mall storefront isn’t as crack and shatter-resistant as what it uses for its eyeglasses.

For the second time, Pearle Vision is delaying its grand opening because a storefront glass pane was broken during delivery. The original grand opening to celebrate a major renovation of its store was slated for June 1. That was rescheduled to Wednesday, June 22, and now has been pushed back another week to June 29.


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