“The reputation of the Cavvy has really suffered in the last decade and a half or so, and that’s pretty much why we’re going to change the name back to The Baker House. The plan is to make The Baker House (Bar & Grill) be similar to what I remember the Cavvy being 20 or 30 years ago.”
— Bill Guess, a prospective manager of The Baker House Bar & Grill, about plans to open a new business in the former Golden Cavvy location.
The doors to the Golden Cavvy restaurant may not stay closed for long if the son of the building’s owner has anything to say about it.
Bill Guess on Tuesday is scheduled to appear before the Craig City Council to request a temporary liquor license permit transfer in hopes of reopening the longtime establishment under the name The Baker House Bar & Grill.
Guess’ father, Harley, owns the building at 538 Yampa Ave. after he voluntarily repossessed the note for the property when the Golden Cavvy was recently closed by its previous operators.
Guess, 40, a refinish technician at Cook Chevrolet, said a lot of items need to fall into place before The Baker House Bar & Grill opens for business — such as city council approval of the temporary liquor license transfer, prepping the kitchen for a health inspection, building a management team and putting the final touches on a business plan.
But Guess said he wanted to change the name to start fresh and to honor of one of the oldest businesses in Moffat County.
“The reputation of the Cavvy has really suffered in the last decade and a half or so, and that’s pretty much why we’re going to change the name back to The Baker House,” Guess said. “The plan is to make The Baker House (Bar & Grill) be similar to what I remember the Cavvy being 20 or 30 years ago.”
The Baker House, completed in 1904, was the first boarding house in Routt County before the Routt County/Moffat County split, Guess said.
The original building, along with the remains of The Baker House Hotel, still stand inside the former Golden Cavvy to this day.
If city council approves the temporary liquor license transfer Guess plans to host a cocktail hour open house the following Friday.
The bar will remain open in a limited capacity until the kitchen passes a health inspection, Guess said.
“The cocktail hour will hopefully draw the customer base in the area that remembers the old Cavvy, so we can reacquaint them with some of the familiar faces they’ll see and remind them of how it used to be,” Guess said. “From there we’ll just see what we can do to turn things around and make this thing profitable again for everybody.”
Though Guess plans to direct management operations once The Baker House Bar & Grill is deemed feasible to open for business, he doesn’t plan on quitting his day job.
Guess expects it’s going to take time before The Baker House Bar & Grill earns its place in Craig, which is why he is building a management team.
“It’s going to have to grow a little bit at a time,” Guess said. “It’s going to take time before it regains its popularity and the trust of the community.”
Joe Moylan can be reached at 875-1794 or firstname.lastname@example.org