Second round for Serendipity |

Second round for Serendipity

The New Year will ring in the return of a popular local restaurant.

Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave., has been closed since late November. But on Jan. 2, the restaurant will open again with new owners.

J’Lea Driver, the restaurant’s original owner, sold the eatery to a couple from the East Coast. The new owners plan to reopen the restaurant, keeping it much the same as it was.

Since the restaurant closed, Driver, who lives on the Front Range, said she has received numerous calls from disappointed locals.

She said she hopes those customers would become patrons of Serendipity when it reopens.

“I know people are disappointed, and that’s just the soonest I could get it back open,” she said.

The new owners don’t plan to tinker too much with the Serendipity concept of serving sandwiches, desserts, coffee, smoothies and espresso drinks, Driver said.

Driver said she planned to travel to Craig for the restaurant’s reopening. She said she would stay a few days to help the new owners with the transition.

Mortgage office to open

Craig residents who want a home mortgage from Wells Fargo soon won’t have to drive to Steamboat Springs to get one.

Early next month, the bank plans to open a mortgage office in Craig at the Moffat Insurance building, 318 W. Victory Way.

“I’ve been asked several times, ‘Why don’t you have an office here in Craig?'” said Sherry Carter, who works at the Wells Fargo mortgage office in Steamboat.

Carter will be the home mortgage consultant in Craig when the new office opens.

The new office initially plans to offer home mortgages. But it could offer more services in the future.

The bank is entertaining the idea of opening a Craig branch but has not finalized such plans, Carter said.

“I think it would be a wonderful thing,” she said.

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