Joe Schuetz, left, general manager of Boat House Pub, and business partner Ryan Ulep are hoping to have the downtown bar and restaurant open in mid-July.

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Joe Schuetz, left, general manager of Boat House Pub, and business partner Ryan Ulep are hoping to have the downtown bar and restaurant open in mid-July.

Businesses opening soon

Two galleries, music store, restaurant plan to open downtown

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— A pack of downtown businesses are set to open in the next several weeks.

Sleeping Giant Gallery, Wild Horse Gallery and All That Jazz aim to open at their new Lincoln Avenue locations this week, and Boat House Pub hopes to open in mid-July.

Sleeping Giant Gallery's new location at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue should be open Wednesday, said Don Tudor, who owns the gallery with his wife, Cully Kistler. All That Jazz is scheduled to open next door the same day.

Wild Horse Gallery is opening a downtown location in addition to its Sheraton Steamboat Resort Hotel store. The gallery is slated to be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and has planned a grand opening for 4 to 8 p.m. that day, co-owner Shirley Stocks said.

"We'll have some refreshments, and some of the artists will be there," Stocks said. "It's just kind of a regular grand opening."

Wild Horse is in the former Alpine Electronics spot at 802 Lincoln Ave., which once housed Routt National Bank.

"It's coming along really well," Stocks said Monday about the construction. "We were able to get up to the original tin ceiling. : We have the vault still in the back. We've kind of gone with a more period look back to the old bank. We're excited. The carpet's going in today. We're just clicking along; we'll start hanging art on probably Thursday or Friday."

Boat House Pub's liquor license is under review, and the restaurant has not set an opening date, General Manager Joe Schuetz said. The pub at 609 Yampa St. still is under construction and is hiring staff, Schuetz said.

Boat House plans to offer pub fare such as hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, Maryland crab cakes, steaks, corned beef and cabbage and black-and-tan onion rings, Schuetz said. The crab cakes are a salute to the owners, Dr. Dennis Frank and Howard Ulep of Annapolis, Md.

The restaurant sits on the Yampa River and has patios on the first and second floor.

"It is going to be one rocking place," Schuetz predicted. "It is going to be busy."

Entree prices will range from $8.95 to $22 or $23, he said.

"Our philosophy is that we want to go middle of the road," Schuetz said. "We don't think there's enough middle of the road in town. We want to be local-friendly with our atmosphere and our price point."

Boat House also will have a happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. every day, during which drink and appetizer prices will drop by $1.

"It's going to be pub fare and a pub atmosphere with beautiful river dining," Schuetz said.

- To reach Blythe Terrell, call 871-4234 or e-mail bterrell@steamboatpilot.com

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