Granby restaurant owners smiling after big bike events
Ryan Summerlin June 22, 2011
A handful of Granby eateries are riding on a high after having several of their all-time best days ever thanks to two bicycle tours that rode through town over the past five days.
Ride the Rockies and the Bicycle Tour of Colorado brought thousands of spandex-clad toe clippers to town on Thursday night, June 16, and Monday night, June 20, respectively. Participants in the tours had the option of camping at the high school or staying in local motels.
All the lodging in Granby was full the nights the tours were in town.
Stephanie RIchardson of Maverick’s Grille said their place was packed all day Thursday and Monday night with wait times of up to 90 minutes. Like several other businesses in town, Maverick’s handed out coupons in the goodie bags that the Chamber of Commerce gave to riders.
“People who couldn’t get tables were standing around trying to order food and drinks,” she said. “We had tables of 10 and 20. Everyone had coupons.”
Thursday’s sales set an all-time record for Mavericks, said Richardson, who was also amazed by the amount of alcohol the athletes consumed. “90 Shilling was our biggest seller,” she said, noting that it’s a beer that’s not as popular with the locals.
That said, Richardson added that the bike participants, especially those with Ride the Rockies, were incredibly courteous and appreciative even when they had to wait.
Brickhouse 40 also had stellar Top 10 nights Thursday and Monday.
“We had 251 bikers in last night for dinner,” said owner Dino Kaplanis. Thursday, Brickhouse served another 211 bicyclists.
Kaplanis said he ran through four kegs Monday night and were sold out by 8 p.m.
“Everybody was very gracious,” he said. “They waited patiently, enjoyed sitting at the bar, and had fun.”
Kaplanis said he thought the best move on the part of the event organizers and the chamber were the buses that ran every 15- 30 minutes between town and the high school.
“That really helped,” he said.
Kaplanis added, “Coming out of mud season and getting these two bike rides here really gives us a jump into summer.”
Ian Dougherty at Ian’s Mountain Bakery agreed that these events provided a real economic boost for Granby businesses.
“I think that’s how we should solve the nation’s economic problems …. throw a national bike tour!” he joked.
Dougherty added that business for him was “gangbusters” morning and night when the bike tours were in town.
He was well prepared he said.
“I didn’t run out of anything except time. Eventually I had to go to bed.”
Tim Luksa at Remmingtons also passed out coupons in the goodie bags and said his restaurant was slammed both nights. Monday night he served about 123 dinners in 3 hours.
“Anything is good compared to what it’s been,” he added.