Heavenly Daze club to get afterlife

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— The old Heavenly Daze Brewery and Grill location at 1860 Ski Time Square Drive has been empty since August 1999. But the 10,000-square-foot space, once one of the busiest night spots in Steamboat, has a new tenant.

A Steamboat Springs man, Chad Gagliano, and his partner from Vail, Sean Vierling, are co-owners of a corporation called Trance Inc. They have signed a lease through Dec. 31, 2005, with the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, landlord of the building, and hope to open their new club by the middle of January.

Gagliano was working his last night as the manager of the Chart House restaurant in Steamboat Tuesday night. Vierling is a bartender in Vail. They haven't settled on a name for the new club, but one thing they know for sure is that it won't be a brew pub.

"We'll definitely have dancing," Gagliano aid. "We want to have DJs, as well as some live bands, bringing the whole dance scene back to Steamboat."

The building, which is immediately opposite Torian Plum condominiums, offers three levels, and Gagliano said he and Vierling hope to use that aspect of the new club to attract varied crowds. The dance floor will be on the top floor, there will be restaurant tables on the second floor and a martini bar, perhaps with live piano music on the first floor. Although the new club won't be a pool hall, Gagliano said he'll create space for pool and foosball tables.

"We want to create a multilevel club that caters to three different crowds," Gagliano said. "We want to have a place that's classier than what Steamboat has now someplace where people can eat and dance."

Although he has the background in restaurant chains such as Houston's and the Chart House to do more elaborate menus, Gagliano said initially the food service at the new club will consist of typical pub fare ribs, chicken and burgers.

The first order of business is to undertake an extensive remodeling of the old Heavenly Daze, which has stood empty since late summer 1999.

"I haven't slept in six days," Gagliano confessed, but he said he thinks a mid-January opening is realistic.

Trance Inc. has applied to the city of Steamboat Springs for a liquor license and a tentative hearing date of Jan. 9 has been set.

Heavenly Daze Brewery and Tavern and Gungas Rack game room operated for nearly 10 years in Ski Time Square. At times the brew pub hosted live music.

Heavenly Daze fell behind in its rent in the summer of 1999 and the lease was terminated. The Springs Brewing Company, which operated Heavenly Daze, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in November 1999, later converting to Chapter 7, an arrangement that does not allow the business to continue operating.

The former manager of Heavenly Daze, Guy Crider, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Feb. 4, 2000.

Sheraton General Manager Chuck Porter told Steamboat Today in February that he had been talking to several entities about operating in the space, but it has remained empty ever since Heavenly Daze closed down.

To reach Tom Ross call 871-4210 or e-mail tomross@amigo.net

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