Slopeside Grill sold

Bill Banks confirmed as buyer; sale slated to close Nov. 3

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Slopeside Grill has sold, Jim Cook, of Colorado Group Realty, confirmed Tuesday.

Steamboat Springs homeowner Bill Banks said Tuesday afternoon that he is the restaurant's new owner. Banks was rushing out the door and could not immediately speak further.

Cook said the sale is scheduled to close Nov. 3.

The sale marks the end of a chapter for the Torian Plum Plaza restaurant, where staff and community members have been struggling with grief since former owner Chris Corna died in May. Corna's parents received the restaurant as beneficiaries of his estate. Cook handled the sale and said it was a trying time for Barbara and Richard Corna.

"It's been kind of a gut-wrenching thing for the family," Cook said.

Slopeside general manager Camille Flynn said the past five months have been hard for restaurant employees. Flynn said there has been minimal turnover at the restaurant, none of it related to the new ownership.

"A very, very few of us who decided to leave left of our own accord," she said. "It was just too sad to work here without Chris."

Flynn said she has put in her notice at the restaurant, which soon will have a new general manager in addition to the new owner.

Flynn had warm praise for Banks.

"Everyone is on good terms, and the new owner is a really wonderful man," she said.

Corna, 45, died May 18 in Port Chester, N.Y. The Westchester County, N.Y., Medical Examiner's Office ruled the death a suicide.

A memorial to Corna at the base area has been proposed.

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