Slopeside Grill sold

Bill Banks confirmed as buyer; sale slated to close Nov. 3

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Slopeside Grill has sold, Jim Cook, of Colorado Group Realty, confirmed Tuesday.

Steamboat Springs homeowner Bill Banks said Tuesday afternoon that he is the restaurant's new owner. Banks was rushing out the door and could not immediately speak further.

Cook said the sale is scheduled to close Nov. 3.

The sale marks the end of a chapter for the Torian Plum Plaza restaurant, where staff and community members have been struggling with grief since former owner Chris Corna died in May. Corna's parents received the restaurant as beneficiaries of his estate. Cook handled the sale and said it was a trying time for Barbara and Richard Corna.

"It's been kind of a gut-wrenching thing for the family," Cook said.

Slopeside general manager Camille Flynn said the past five months have been hard for restaurant employees. Flynn said there has been minimal turnover at the restaurant, none of it related to the new ownership.

"A very, very few of us who decided to leave left of our own accord," she said. "It was just too sad to work here without Chris."

Flynn said she has put in her notice at the restaurant, which soon will have a new general manager in addition to the new owner.

Flynn had warm praise for Banks.

"Everyone is on good terms, and the new owner is a really wonderful man," she said.

Corna, 45, died May 18 in Port Chester, N.Y. The Westchester County, N.Y., Medical Examiner's Office ruled the death a suicide.

A memorial to Corna at the base area has been proposed.

Comments

steamboatsprings 4 years, 6 months ago

Best wishes to Bill! I am glad to see such a quality guy take the reins of a Steamboat institution. No one can ever replace Chris but Bill will be a great person to keep Slopeside Grill a wonderful place to hangout and eat.

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greenwash 4 years, 6 months ago

And you brokered / represented Bill in the sale...Good job Jon.

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WZ 4 years, 6 months ago

I happened to be at Slopeside Saturday night when Bill was pouring, or should I say, attempting, to pour a beer.

I felt the spirit of Chris laughing his butt off in due process.

Then, after he collected himself, he must have intervened and helped the rookie pour his first pint.

What's the saying, "Free head with every beer"?!

Well, Slopeside will be serving up lllllots of head until Bill figures it out! ;)

Best of luck, and have fun with it!

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