Rockslide partners to reopen Crystal Cafe

Breakfast and lunch will be served again at 314 Main St.

The Crystal Cafe has been closed for months, but Scott Howard and business partners Mike Bell and Sean Forey plan to remodel the former cafe and open a new, upscale, breakfast and lunch restaurant before Thanksgiving.

The men are all partners in Rockslide Brew Pub at Fourth and Main streets. Howard said he has faith in downtown and believes the economy is looking up, especially on Grand Junction’s famed serpentine street.

“A lot of people may say it’s not a good time, but I think it’s a good time” to open a restaurant, Howard said. “I think there’s a niche to be filled there. I could be wrong, but I think we’ll be fine.”

It also helped that Howard, also a partner in Dos Hombres on the Redlands, was able to purchase many amenities in the restaurant during the Crystal Cafe auction in July. The business was closed by the state after failing to pay nearly $6,000 in sales and withholding taxes.

Howard said he has hired a chef and plans to hire a new staff for the restaurant. The business likely will have a new name, but the new moniker has not been decided. The building’s windows are covered while renovations proceed.

Building owners Caryl and Harley Rudofsky signed a contract with their new lessees Tuesday afternoon. Caryl Rudofsky said she’s pleased to have new renters.


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