Hayden Kathy and Shawn Sulzner were bellied up to the Creek View Grill bar again Tuesday, enjoying lunch after the restaurant's unexpected four-day closure.
They typically eat at the west Hayden restaurant "a couple times a week," Kathy Sulzner said. "They have great food."
The Colorado Department of Revenue closed the Creek View on Thursday because the restaurant was behind in paying state sales tax, owner Phillip Davis said. He paid the $8,000 owed and reopened Tuesday.
There was "no warning," Davis said. "They just came in and said, 'You're shut.'"
He said the restaurant had struggled to generate enough in sales to pay what it owed. Like other businesses struck by recession, Creek View has had a tough time, Davis said.
He plans to continue trying to attract customers with $6 weeknight specials and $6 brown bag to-go lunches.
Davis and Steve Chamberlain took over the restaurant a year ago from developers Stefanus and Louis Nijsten. The brothers are building Creek View Townhomes and Plaza, a development behind the restaurant that comprises townhouses, condominiums and commercial spaces. They were running the restaurant, too, but preferred to focus on building.
Davis said he no longer has a partner in Creek View.
The Sulzners said the grill was their favorite place to eat in town and were disappointed to see the "seized" signs on the windows last week. The couple noticed that the signs had been taken down Tuesday and stopped by at about noon.
Kathy Sulzner said she liked Davis and wanted to support the restaurant.
"He works hard," she said. "He's the only one here night and day."
Nothing has changed at the restaurant, Davis said.
"Same great food, same great service," he said.