Boomers nightclub closes, but will reopen
Boomers Nightclub & Restaurant closed Tuesday, but local music lovers shouldn’t worry too much.
The Main Street establishment known for its live bands is to be reopened within a few weeks by the Grand Junction man who started it back in 2002: Chet Allen.
Allen sold Boomers, 436 Main St., to Mary and Carson Cross in 2008. But the couple said they immediately ran into financial difficulties because of the recession, adding that construction along several nearby blocks of the street made matters worse.
The couple mounted so much business and personal debt trying to keep it afloat, they decided it was time to call it quits, Mary Cross said.
“We bought the place from Chet and are still paying our down payment to him,” Cross said. “We ended up racking up our credit cards to even make rent. (Allen) gave us half rent for a month, or no rent for some months, but we just had no one come in. The economy and the construction just killed us.”
Allen said he hopes to have the nightclub reopened by June 1, and he is hopeful about the future of the establishment because of signs the economy is improving. Allen said he is banking on people wanting to splurge, and to get them in the doors, he plans to book more out-of-town bands.
“I’m going to run a lot more live entertainment,” Allen said. “People will pay for good entertainment. If you give the customers something to show up for, they’ll come.”
Cross said she and her husband, who worked at the nightclub before the two purchased it, plan to take a long vacation. When they return, the two will look for other work, but Mary Cross also wants to do something to help other shops along Main Street.
She said she plans to petition the city to offer free street parking while construction is ongoing.
Cross said the situation is driving customers away, and free parking might get them to keep doing business downtown.
Construction of the first phase of the Downtown Uplift project from First to Fourth streets is to be completed by next month. A second phase, from Fourth to Seventh streets, is to start in the first half of 2011.
Cross said her goal is to have the free downtown parking the city offers during the Christmas shopping season extended into next year for as long as construction lasts.