Biz Buzz, Feb. 13, 2011

Jim Cagle realizes people are noticing the sign next to his Subway restaurant at 1840 N. 12th St. and wondering what his next restaurant, Chuck & Kluck, will be about.

Friday, he provided answers. The Chuck is steak, and the Kluck is chicken, as in steak and chicken tenders, to be served in a quick-casual concept along the lines of Cafe Rio or Chipotle Mexican Grill, he said.

He realizes people know exactly what a chicken tender is. But a steak tender? He answers that question with a question: “Do you like chicken-fried steak?” If you do, he said, you’ll like Chuck & Kluck’s steak tenders even more because they’re made with real beef, a select cut he will get locally from Grand Valley Foods.

The tenders will come with a side dish, and he promises, “It’s all fresh. Nothing is frozen.”

Twelve dipping sauces will be available, including six they make themselves. For dessert, the “Sweets” menu will include funnel cakes.

“The food’s fantastic, I’ll tell you that,” Cagle said. “We’ve perfected the steak. No one else has it.”

The price points keep affordability in mind for the obvious customers across the street: Mesa State College students. A meal for most people probably will be $6 to $8, Cagle said, and under $10 even for most hearty eaters.

A veteran of opening restaurants — he and his wife, Liz, own 15 Subways in the area, plus others — Cagle isn’t keen on making opening dates public. He knows how devastating huge crowds during the first few days can be. For now, he’d like the Grand Valley to know he plans for a “soft opening” soon.

Before its block of Main Street was closed off and the road torn up, Sunshine Wraps, 560 Main St., decided not to fight the Downtown Uplift project.

The restaurant’s large windows now are papered over, and a note on the front door, addressed to “Dear Friends,” says, in part: “We regret to inform you that we will be closing for the duration of the construction on Main Street. This was a hard decision to make, but the management team feels that it is best.” Later, the note reads, “In the spring we will assess the situation and are hopeful for a May reopening.”

Jeff Brady’s recent career change can be likened to a baseball pitch: the sinker that drops off a table.

After working in excavation his entire adult life, he was laid up a year ago, unable to work, and had lots of time to think about what he might do instead. Knowing his hometown, Fruita, did not have a full-service dry cleaner and laundry, and a Fruita Chamber of Commerce survey revealed residents wanted one, Brady decided to fill the void.

The 31-year-old opened Monument Cleaners, 421 E. U.S. Highway 6&50 in the Town & Country Center, at the end of November, and the demand for his business was evident immediately.

“Fruita has been ecstatic about having a dry cleaner nearby,” Brady said. “Business has been growing every day, every week, every month. We’ve done nothing but grow since we opened.”

The growth includes employees, as he started with two, now has three and this week will add a fourth. And it includes a new drop-off site, established earlier this month at 32 Road Laundromat, 418 32 Road in Clifton.

Brady also offers free pickup and delivery “to anywhere in the Grand Valley,” returning items within two business days. For that service or more information, call 858-0647.

He believes his prices are the most competitive in the valley, and he will honor any competitor’s coupons or discounts.

For the biggest surprise in his new venture, he listed two things: learning what the business requires in terms of equipment costs and electricity and natural gas costs; and “seeing how much people appreciate quality customer service.”

A lesser surprise was the number of cowboys wanting high-starched jeans and shirts, which he called “a nice benefit to our business.”


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