— For those interested in buying or leasing the building at 538 Yampa Ave. or undertaking the task of reopening the Golden Cavvy Restaurant & Lounge or The Baker House, contact Harley Guess at 620-5627.
The search continues for someone to fill the space at 538 Yampa Ave.
Harley Guess, owner of the building that formerly housed both Golden Cavvy Restaurant & Lounge and The Baker House Bar & Grill, still is searching for a buyer for the property.
Guess nearly had a lease worked out with a potential buyer last week, but he confirmed that the deal, which had been in the works for the past month, no longer is happening.
“I don’t know why she backed out,” he said.
The buyer, who asked not to be identified, declined to comment.
Guess said he has heard from other interested parties about the party, though he still is unsure if any of them are serious about the 5,826-square-foot building.
Whether the buyer chooses to continue the legacy of the Cavvy or the Baker House or start something entirely new is irrelevant, he said. At this point, the retired rancher simply wants to be done with it, though one thing he doesn’t want to see is the demolition of the property.
“It would be a shame if they tore it down, it’s been around (as a restaurant and former hotel) since 1904,” he said.
Guess bought the building from Ron Lasalle in 2009, arranging a deal with Charlotte and Glen Gariner to operate the business. When the restaurant hit a financial snag last year, he reopened it as The Baker House in November, though that eventually closed in January.
“I’ve put a lot of money into fixing it up,” he said.
Guess said operating costs were as much as $10,000 per month when The Baker House was in business. He recently has worked on the building’s roofing over the dining room and kitchen areas.
The second floor also contains several apartments, which Guess has rented in the past but are currently vacant.
“Whoever buys it can figure out what they want to do with those,” he said.
A buyer also would be purchasing any furniture and kitchen equipment already contained within the restaurant. Guess said he hopes whoever takes on the restaurant will have the time, money and knowledge to run such an establishment.
“It takes the right kind of person for that, and I’m not a restaurateur, I’m a businessman,” he said.
A number of downtown business owners have noted the lesser amount of foot traffic with the absence of the Cavvy starting last fall, numbers The Baker House failed to keep up once it opened.
“It was nice how they had that back room for meetings and things like that,” said Renata Beason, owner of The Embroidery Shoppe.
Although her shop sees less walk-in or customers who are just browsing then others in the downtown area, Beason said the difference has been noticeable. As far as the prospect of a new restaurant across the street, she would like to see something similar to the Cavvy or the now-defunct M&M Cafe.
“Any place that serves good, homemade food, and not frozen stuff, is going to be successful,” Beason said.
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