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Ghost Ranch owner says bar will reopen in the spring

New manager has 30 years of music industry experience

The Ghost Ranch closed indefinitely on Oct. 30


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— Ghost Ranch owner Jean Sagouspe compared his Seventh Street restaurant and bar Wednesday to "a fine bottle of wine."

"It will be opened when it's ready," he said.

Supposedly, it's getting close. The Ghost Ranch's new manager announced Wednesday that the restaurant and bar plans to reopen in late spring with a renewed vision.

Tonie Roberts has taken the lead of the new management team, which is in the early stages of bringing the Ghost Ranch back to life.

"It seemed like a good fit," said Roberts, who moved to Steamboat recently from Breckenridge. "It was the good reputation, and the venue itself is so unique. It's a fabulous place. And just the future potential. It's such a great part of the community."

The Ghost Ranch closed indefinitely on Oct. 30, 2011, after three years of operation. At the time, Sagouspe said the venue would reopen at a later date.

Sagouspe said Wednesday that he's excited about the new beginning.

"It took us a long time to find the right person, but I think Tonie is the one we've been looking for," he said.

Roberts previously owned and operated Tonie's nightclub in Colorado Springs and is a veteran in the music industry. She also served as the general manager of the Paiza Club at The Venetian Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and for the Glass Cactus at The Gaylord Texan in Dallas/Ft. Worth. She has served on production teams for internationally touring artists.

"We're really going to focus on the family friendly and the menu and really providing the community with a great environment and an experience with value," Roberts said.

As for the late-night bar and music scene the Ghost Ranch also provided, she said the re-imagined venue will provide a "good marriage of both" family-friendly and party atmospheres.

She said the venue plans to offer live music and a new food menu.

Sagouspe said nothing about the physical building will change, but his plan is for the venue to reopen with his original vision "as a local place families can be proud of."

"We're going to do a wide range of things, but we'll be coming out with more details as we progress."

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