Brandon Johansson: New bar nice but not fancy

The owner of Craig's newest bar said he wants people to think his establishment is nice but not too nice.

Robert McClellan, owner of River Ridge Steakhouse, opened Kokopelli's Sports Bar last week, 28616 Colorado Highway 13, next to River Ridge.

He said there is a perception that River Ridge, which is known for its lobster and steak, is too fancy.

Although Kokopelli's is nice, with lounge areas and plasma-screen TVs, it's also a place where people can relax, order a pitcher of beer and watch a game, he said.

"I want everyone to feel comfortable," he said.

The bar opened officially last week, but McClellan is still working out some kinks.

The beer draft isn't working perfectly, he said. But while he works on it, pitchers of beer are $5.

McClellan said he hopes to have a grand opening ceremony later this month or in February.

By then, he said he should have the Kokopelli's menu complete.

Everything on the menu is less than $14, he said. If Kokopelli's customers like, they can order off the River Ridge menu as well, he said.


Coffee shop back

After a hiatus of more than a month, Serendipity Coffee Shop is back in business.

Serendipity has been closed since late November, while the former owner, J'Lea Driver, finalized the sale of the shop.

Driver sold the shop, 576 Yampa Ave., to Jeff and Susan Stone, who previously lived in Charleston, S.C.

The store reopened Jan. 2.

Susan Stone said the response from customers has been good. But they all seem to have the same question: Are you going to change anything?

Stone said she doesn't plan to change the shop's menu.

Everything will remain homemade and the hours will stay the same, she said.

The Stones do, however, plan to add some new items down the road, she said.


Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com.

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