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Tin Cup Grill closes for good — board seeks new restaurant concept

Noelle Leavitt Riley
Jim Loughran
Noelle Leavitt Riley

— After 12 years of serving the Craig community, the owners of the Tin Cup Grill have decided to move on.

Gary and Carolyn Baysinger decided not to renew their lease with Yampa Valley Golf Course, stating they have too much on their plates operating Mountain Meat Packing in Craig. The couple also has a second Mountain Meat location in Fruita.

“We’d just like to thank the community for their support, and the golf association, but it’s time to move on,” Gary Baysinger. “I think we’re pretty tired now, so we’re ready for a break. We’re going to focus on our meat business.”

The Baysingers’ decision leaves the Yampa Valley Golf Association looking for a new restaurant concept to fill the space. One thing is certain: the name Tin Cup can no longer be used, Gary Baysinger said.

Whoever assumes a new lease will have to rename the restaurant.

Jim Loughran, president of the golf association, is hopeful they can find a new tenant before the golf course opens in the spring.

“We’re in the process of interviewing and trying to find a replacement,” he said. “We were really pleased with what we had in the Tin Cup. Now, we have to move forward.”

Both the Baysingers and the golf association said that there was no bad blood between them, and the decision was made purely based on practicality for the Baysingers’ time.

“Obviously, Gary and Carolyn have done a great job in the last 12 years,” said Don Smith, member of the golf association board of directors.

Both Smith and Loughran noted that whomever takes over the lease should understand that there’s more to the food and beverage side of the business than the restaurant.

“There’s catering that we have to consider for tournaments. There are parties. We have a cart that goes around the course,” Loughran said. “The person coming in has to see the whole picture.”

The golf course will open in the spring once the weather is good enough to play.

Those interested in opening a new restaurant should call Smith at 970-326-6081 or Rick Holford at 970-824-6381.

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