New committee to take up Pinon Grill contract
A committee of seven people, mostly members of area golf groups and a private business owner, completed evaluations Tuesday to recommend a private vendor to take over operations at the former Pinon Grill restaurant at Tiara Rado Golf Course, as well as food service at Lincoln Park Golf Course.
The food service is being provided in the interim by Two Rivers Convention Center staff.
A previous attempt at securing a new vendor was criticized by residents and Grand Junction City Council members when city-owned Two Rivers Convention Center was allowed to bid for a contract that historically had been handled by the private sector.
Two firms, Jeanne Carver and Two Miles LLP, competed Tuesday through food presentations, tastings and discussion of their plans for running the restaurant.
Evaluators were Scott Coleman, a member of Grand Junction’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board; Jeanie Kreuger, a member of the Women’s Golf Club at Tiara Rado; Kym Bevan, a member of the Women’s Golf Club at Lincoln Park Golf Course; Bob LaDuke, a member of the Men’s Golf Club at Tiara Rado; Rob Schoeber, director of Grand Junction’s Parks and Recreation Department; Duane Hoff of Grand Junction’s City Purchasing Division; and Doug Jones, Grand Junction’s golf superintendent.
Final scores after testings, which lasted about two hours for each vendor, showed Two Miles with 435.2 points and Carver with 395.6 points. City staff said they expect to recommend Two Miles for the contract to Grand Junction City Council during its March 16 meeting.
Council members have the final say on which business is awarded a contract.
The new vendor may be in place at both golf courses by April 1, city staff said.
Two Miles is run by local chef Miles Blackford, with financial backing from his uncle, Miles Christian Kara. Blackford, who is the current chef at Dream Cafe, 314 Main St., said he will present a golfers’ menu of burgers, pork and rice bowls, and hot dogs, among other items, for breakfast, lunch and dinner at Tiara Rado.
Food service at Lincoln Park will include pizzas and sub sandwiches.
Carver has worked at restaurants across the Grand Valley, including the Outlaw Cafe, 2493 U.S. Highway 6&50, No. 4. Carver proposed appetizers, several salads, homemade bread, and an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, among other offerings.
Evaluators were given the option to recommend the vendors to serve as concessionaire for one or both of the city’s golf courses. Evaluators also were allowed to change scores after seeing both presentations.
The chosen vendor will be allowed to offer banquets and bring in other community groups, provided the focus is always to first serve golfers at the facilities.
“We want the priority to be with golfers,” Schoeber said.