Construction crews remove the turret from the former Off the Beaten Path Bookstore and Coffeehouse building on Seventh Street on Friday morning. The building is undergoing extensive remodeling before becoming the Ghost Ranch Saloon in late fall. The turret will be replaced by a flat roof.

Photo by Tom Ross

Construction crews remove the turret from the former Off the Beaten Path Bookstore and Coffeehouse building on Seventh Street on Friday morning. The building is undergoing extensive remodeling before becoming the Ghost Ranch Saloon in late fall. The turret will be replaced by a flat roof.

Bookstore building flips its lid

Former Off the Beaten Path gutted to make way for saloon

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— The visible transformation of a modern Steamboat Springs landmark began Friday.

Crews under the supervision of Jon Sherman Construction lifted a conical roof from the turret of the former Off the Beaten Path Bookstore and Coffeehouse building on Seventh Street. The building is being extensively remodeled to accommodate a new nightspot - The Ghost Ranch Saloon.

A flat roof will replace the turret. The existing siding will be painted shades of brown and tan. Red brick accents will be added to complete the look of a period Western building.

The interior of the building has been completely gutted, down to the studs. The downstairs kitchen has been removed, to make way for a more modern kitchen as well as dressing rooms and a green room for performing artists.

The stage will be located in the southwest corner of the building, adjacent to the turret.

Amy Garris of Old West Management in Steamboat Springs said in February that musical acts booked at Ghost Ranch will be varied and not just country western bands, as the name of the business might imply.

A construction foreman on the site Friday said an optimistic date for opening the saloon is Halloween, but the project may take longer to complete.

The building was purchased in November 2007 from former Off the Beaten Path owners Dick and Leslie Ryan for $2.1 million. The owner of The Ghost Ranch Saloon is a California almond farmer, Jean Sagouspe.

Off the Beaten Path is moving two blocks away to Ninth Street, where the new location also is undergoing interior remodeling. The Ryans purchased the former Fair Exchange building this year from Kevin and Jane Bennett for $1 million on behalf of new bookstore owners Ron and Sue Krall. The Ryans will effectively be the landlords for the new owners of their former business.

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Comments

Brian Smith 6 years ago

OldSchool, guess that flat roof will go along with every other building downtown that has a flat roof. Give them a break, their building, they should be able to do what they want with it within reason.

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80488mom 6 years ago

Oops...that comment was meant for another article......just in case you are scratching your head. Just one of those blonde moments.

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justathought 6 years ago

80488, we all have those moments not just blonde's.

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80488mom 6 years ago

I love reading stories about "real" locals and their contribution to this valley. These are the wonderful men and women who have given Steamboat its character. Thank you Steamboat Pilot for celebrating them.

It's a sure bet if you bring in something torn out of an older home Wendell can ID it with just a glance. In fact I would challenge you to stump this old timer. He really knows his "stuff". I've also had the opportunity to talk to him about the old days and he's a walking encyclopedia of Steamboat history.

Good man, great story. Keep them coming Steamboat Pilot and God Bless Wendy. Wishing you many more years and thanking you for your service to this community. You've contributed building this town of ours over the years one 2x4 at a time. Now how many would that be?

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80488mom 6 years ago

Okay alphadog.....what's the punch line after I tell you it's not my birthday? :-)

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oldskoolstmbt 6 years ago

replaced by a flat roof? yeah, those always work better in an area that gets 500"!

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