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Facelift on Signal Hill Inn Restaurant in Craig continues: Business Buzz

The interior of the old Signal Hill Inn in Craig was gutted this spring as owners hope to rent or sell the building later this year.
Sasha Nelson

The owners of the old Signal Hill Inn Restaurant at 2705 W. Victory Way in Craig have begun making improvements to the property.

“We’ve seen some potential interest in the building and that is causing us to get the inside cleaned up,” said Jay Oxley, one of four partners who own the business.

The property including the old restaurant, a modular trailer and parking lot, are owned by JDDJ Limited — Jay Oxley, Dave DeRose, Dave Griffith, and Jimmy Duran.

“We are doing some cleanup there. We’ve been trying to do something with that building for seven or eight years,” DeRose said.

He attributes part of the difficulty in developing the property to the city building department.

“When we had a change in the building department and could change the zoning we were able to move that project forward. I think we will have something done pretty quick,” DeRose said.

Neighbors noticed activity around the building in early March.

“The Westside of town is getting spruced-up. It’s great to see diverse people in the community coming together to improve Craig,” said Traveler Inn General Manager Joseph Kim who is completing phase one of an interior renovation across the road.

A couple of years ago the Oxley painted the outside of the building using a mixture of sale paint of various colors. The resulting blue-grey was not as attractive as he had hoped it would be.

“It’s not that we don’t care that the place looks bad, we’ve just been waiting for a good time and now with the economy turning around we are hopeful that the time might be right,” Oxley said.

Both Oxley and DeRose are excited about the potential of the old eatery.

“I’d like to see that historic building restored to its former grandeur,” DeRose said.

A new restaurant to open in Maybell April 25

A new restaurant is getting ready to open in the old Net’s Café in Maybell.

“I’m really excited,” said owner-operator Trish Stauffer. “My aunt owned a restaurant in Steamboat. I jumped in as a waitress and I was bitten by the bug. I’ve been working for 40 years for this.”

Her place — Grandma’s Kitchen — will serve homemade grub including a full breakfast and lunch menu and two dinner specials from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and closed Sundays and Mondays.

“Handmade with love is my tag line,” Stauffer said. “Everything is made a single batch at a time. All recipes are from my grandmother and mother’s kitchens. I want to keep the integrity of the recipes and I’d say 90 percent are heirloom recipes.”

Stauffer closed on the building on April 11 and hopes to open as early as April 20 and by April 25 at the latest.

“We’ll be open May 7 for the horse drive — the only Sunday we’ll be open for the entire year,” Stauffer said “I want to be open before then to learn the personality of the kitchen, they all have one.”

Economic Development Partnership board to meet Wednesday

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board of Directors will host its quarterly board meeting from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 175 at Colorado Northwestern Community College, 2801 West Ninth St.

Meetings are open to the public.

For more information, call 620-4370 or email director@cmedp.com.