Steamboat’s Winona’s Restaurant closed for repairs |

Steamboat’s Winona’s Restaurant closed for repairs

Owner says it’s bad timing, but work must be done

Zach Fridell
Elayna Ballard reads a sign on the door of Winona's on Friday after showing up at the local restaurant for breakfast. The business is closed while crews are fixing the floor in the kitchen.John F. Russell

— The popular downtown eatery Winona's Restaurant will be closed for three to four weeks during the busy summer months as owners repair a kitchen floor.

Winona's closed more than a week ago, and a sign on the door indicated that management hoped to reopen soon. But owner Jamie McQuade said they found other problems as they started retiling the floor.

"We were going to replace some tile, and it ended up that the subfloor basically collapsed, so to say," she said.

Now, they plan to reframe the subfloor and fix plumbing issues underneath while they're at it.

McQuade said that once the repairs extended beyond basic tile work, owners were required to get a building permit. She said the work itself shouldn't take long to complete, but the whole process will take time.

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Dana Seidenberg, Routt County Regional Building Department permit technician, said that in general, the business will have to submit plans for review and will have to answer any questions from planners before the permit is issued. She said the process generally takes about two weeks, but she couldn't go into details about the work at Winona's.

Hurting business

McQuade said she didn't plan for the business to be closed during the peak of summer, and the unexpected closure will hurt the restaurant.

"It's not great, being that we just caught up from the construction," she said.

McQuade previously had expressed concern that the construction work along Lincoln Avenue through downtown was hurting her business. She said she hopes the insurance on the company will help them get through the repairs.

McQuade expanded the hours of the restaurant this year to prepare for what she expected to be lighter business during the downtown Lincoln Avenue repaving project.

Several would-be diners walked by the restaurant Friday morning and found the note on the door.

McQuade said she can't sell baked goods or any other food because the kitchen is "completely torn apart" and will be for some time.

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