The Village Inn restaurant in Steamboat Springs will close its doors in Central Park Plaza on Wednesday. The restaurant’s general manager cited the recession as its reason for shutting down. Village Inn has been in Steamboat Springs for about 14 years and has been at its current location for about four years.

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The Village Inn restaurant in Steamboat Springs will close its doors in Central Park Plaza on Wednesday. The restaurant’s general manager cited the recession as its reason for shutting down. Village Inn has been in Steamboat Springs for about 14 years and has been at its current location for about four years.

Village Inn in Steamboat closing this week

Restaurant’s last day is Wednesday; manager cites economy

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The Village Inn Restaurant In Steamboat Springs will close its doors at the Central park location Wednesday. The restaurant’s general manager said the economic recession as its reason for closing the doors.

— Steamboat’s Village Inn restaurant is closing its doors.

“That is a fact — our last day of operation is Wednesday of this week,” general manager Shauna Bokn said Monday. “It’s a permanent close.”

Bokn said the Village Inn has been in Steamboat Springs for about 14 years, initially attached to the Holiday Inn before moving to its Central Park Drive location about four years ago.

Bokn said the economic recession has proved too challenging for the restaurant, which specializes in breakfast and pies and also serves lunch and dinner.

“We’re just not making any money. We’re not surviving very well up in Steamboat,” she said. “The economy hit Colorado late, and it hit Steamboat even later. … We are costing the company more money than we’re bringing in right now.”

Bokn said the Steamboat Village Inn employs about 17 people, about 80 percent of whom are full-time workers. Bokn has worked at the restaurant for about two years.

Family Restaurants Inc. owns 11 Village Inn locations in Colorado, Bokn said, including Steamboat’s and locations in Craig and Silverthorne. The Denver-based franchise also owns some Qdoba restaurants — including one just down the sidewalk from Steamboat’s Village Inn — and some restaurants in Alaska, Bokn said.

District manager Lacy Pack­ard said Family Restaurants had no comment Monday about its other locations or the closure of Steamboat’s Village Inn. She said the franchise might place a notice with more information in the Steamboat Today soon.

On Monday afternoon, Craig residents Don and Diana Guthrie walked out of the restaurant after a late lunch. They said they would miss Steamboat’s Village Inn.

“We stop here quite a bit,” Don Guthrie said.

“It’s always clean, people are nice and the food is always fresh,” Diana Guthrie added.

Bokn said the Steamboat restaurant has not planned any closing specials.

Comments

justice4all 4 years, 8 months ago

Another situation of a long time and loved " local "leaving us. V I was great when in the Holiday Inn. They wanted to get bigger. They did for a while, and now you see what has happened. My point: OPEN YOUR EYES STEAMBOAT; bigger is not always better. Thanks for everyone that voted down the Steamboat 700.

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Fred Duckels 4 years, 8 months ago

justice, Lots of people are declaring victory on the 700, Just make sure that this isn't a reinactment of W on the battleship.

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AGM 4 years, 8 months ago

Village Inn is a "local"??? Are you kidding me? You are upset that a franchised restaurant couldn't cut it in town and an authentic local restaurant owned and operated by people that actually live here and gives so generously to our community is thriving in the space that the Village Inn voluntarily left behind? So we lose a crappy restaurant (well, everyone loves pie) that never sponsored anything in our community. I will say that I do feel for the 17 employees, but that hasn't ever been a local restaurant - no community heart and soul there.

Each day I continue to get a better understanding of why SB700 failed - because of absolute idiocy of many people spouting opinions on these boards (you brought up SB700 which has nothing to do with Village Inn to anyone with any sense of intelligence or logic).

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Ken Reed 4 years, 8 months ago

AGM,

At least this franchise is Denver-based. Do you think we should disallow all stores that are not locally owned and operated? What about companies that are created here and franchised to other parts of the state/country? Disallow that too? At least VI provided some local jobs.

This wasn't a crappy restaurant for everyone, just maybe it didn't fit your taste and style of life. I liked occasionally eating at Village Inn.

Do you consider your post an idiotic opinion? You seem to have a biased opinion. What is your name and who do you work for?

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mmjPatient22 4 years, 8 months ago

Gotta say, feels like some of the staff checked out early with a case of "short-timers."

Sure would be nice to get some reasonably comparable alternative.

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Amy Harris 4 years, 8 months ago

Community involvement by our merchants goes a long way in determining whether people care if a business thrives or not. If, for example, Freshies were to close, I think most of the town would be in mourning. The Foxes do so much for this town and its citizens.

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TEEJAY1309 4 years, 8 months ago

To AGM:

Who are you to state "So we lose a crappy restaurant (well, everyone loves pie) that never sponsored anything in our community. I will say that I do feel for the 17 employees, but that hasn't ever been a local restaurant - no community heart and soul there."?
You should check your facts first!
17 Jobs is giving back to the community, they could have hired from out of town.

Village Inn and Shauna were sponsors twice for the Home Builders Association. The first time for our Inaugural Meeting and again for the boxes decorated by SSHS & Lowell Whiteman High School students. Giving them a free lunch for coming in 1st place. They have also been sponsors for plenty of other things in this town.

I call that plenty of Community Heart & Soul! Shauna & the other employees of Village Inn will be missed. Thank you for good meals and friendly attitudes!

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seeuski 4 years, 8 months ago

Every business that closes here is another dagger in the economic heartbeat of this community. 17 more to the unemployed list and you have a few angry people showing their colors. So a warning to anyone thinking of a franchise here, watch out for the Steamboat locals who have an opinion. Seems similar to those who complain of certain news organizations with whom they disagree. For the time being we Americans have the freedom of choice to change the channel or eat somewhere else, don't know how long though with what is going on these days. In summary we have lost a great early morning breakfast spot that served locals on the east side of town in many ways. It's not a good news story regardless of which side one takes here.

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bandmama 4 years, 8 months ago

the space would make a great place for a dance hall/bar. Less expensive than the Ghost Ranch maybe, as none of the locals can afford to go out for the evening there. Great parking and lots of bus stops. Just a thought. Heck might even be able to employ some of those 17 employees who need a job. If only I would win the lottery to finance it........................

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blue_spruce 4 years, 8 months ago

just because i point out the obvious, does not mean that i am "rooting" for the dollar store's failure.... actually, i shop there. however, in the many times i've been in there, its always been empty. just observing. now i'm no math genius, but when most stuff costs a dollar.... maybe I should have been more sensitive...but that's not what these blogs are about....

and

"...LOUSY LOCATION..." - are you kidding? a corner location, at a VERY busy intersection, with plenty of great parking?!?...and take a look a Q-Doba. they are ROCKIN' it just a few doors away. you are full of hot air!

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blue_spruce 4 years, 8 months ago

"... the Buddhist prayer flags a'flappin in front of FRESHIES. Most people don't even know what those colored pieces of cloth mean. There are many folks who, if they knew what they meant, would not even cross the FRESHIES threshold. That's how crazy it is..."

COMMIES I tell you! Boycott Freshies if you love America! First it was Obama's health-care, and now Freshies has gone Commie! CRAZY indeed!

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aichempty 4 years, 8 months ago

When VI came in next to Holiday Inn, several locally owned small places specializing in breakfast and lunch failed quickly. Interesting how, now that the recession has hurt them state-wide, a store that undercut prices of competitiors 14 years ago to run them out of business is now closing due to withdrawal of corporate support.

It's also interesting that VI moved to Central Park Plaza. Ski Corp owns those spaces and the ground under them.

People buy what they want to buy, and that's everyone's right, but this is another case where local dollars went away to other places through corporate ownership. The smaller places that went away employed locals, were owned by locals, and also employed Horizons clients and sponsored local causes. Chain store madness kills local business with national brands, reducing your choices, but hey -- it's cheaper and it's familiar to tourists.

I know things must be rough. I base that on being charged full price for a soft drink refill on Lincoln Avenue. $2.50 for 15 cents worth of syrup and CO2 is a tough way to make your break-even point.

I wonder how many Chinese buffet places Steamboat can support? I guess we'll find out soon enough.

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greenwash 4 years, 8 months ago

Actually its a Very Good Location with high Rent....Should talk to Stan Kronkes wife about about that.

News Flash - All the freakin food gets delivered by the same 3 vendors/haulers in town,Its all the same Crap going to all the extremely fair to poor restaurants in town.Same Chicken,beef,fish,veggis etc. Do not be fooled.Oh yea can I add Latino Cooks to that list.

News Flash 2 - I hear Rexs Rest Group has sold a 49% stake to a newby deep pocketed investor who needs a place to sell the beef off his muti million dollar ranch..

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Scott Wedel 4 years, 8 months ago

Greenwash, Just because there are only a few companies making deliveries does not mean all the restaurants are getting the same stuff. The restaurants have incredible choice of what is delivered. There are probably a dozen choices of ready to fry chicken breasts. Many restaurants prepare that themselves and they have numerous choices of chicken breasts or whole chickens. And so on.

At the low end it is probably almost all the same, but that is what we get when we want the cheapest food possible.

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stillinsteamboat 4 years, 8 months ago

greenwash: are you sure about the "cattle rancher" investor? If it's who I think it is, poor Rex is screwed.

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blue_spruce 4 years, 8 months ago

i think that Rex is smart enough not to tangle with the Humble Ranch crowd. i mean, at this point, you'd have to realize that you'd be "dealing with the devil".

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stillinsteamboat 4 years, 8 months ago

The "rancher" that Rex gets his beef from is not a long time local family. I have the utmost respect for the Stanko family.

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dave reynolds 4 years, 8 months ago

this has nothing to do with the VI but wanted to share this..my sister lives in Montana and her husband is a big time cattleman..well several years ago she was flying toLas Vegas and she happened to sit by a person who worked for McDonalds(when it was anounced that they were buying their beef from Austrl;ia(correct me if I'm wrong) having felt the wrath of my sister I pity the woman who she sat by..lol

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max huppert 4 years, 8 months ago

what about Flying J ranch and the bison ranch on the other side of rabbit ears. You guys got any comment on them?

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oldskoolstmbt 4 years, 8 months ago

blue-spruce~ prayer flags have NOTHING to do with politics (or communist views)......quit SPEWING!

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jmm761 4 years, 8 months ago

You have got to be kidding me, first the flags, then the witch hunt for people who have worked hard and made money? When did Steamboat become victims? People and businesses in this town become successful by giving to their employees and to the community. If one fails, then something wasn't right. Who cares if the flags are decoration? And who cares if someone who has worked hard and made money wants to make Steamboat his home and invest in the local economy? Isn't that what Steamboat is about, community giving? And why wouldn't you want to get your beef locally if you could? Did you ever think that maybe this person believes in our community, believes in Rex's restaurant group, believes in investing in tangible items that benefits the community? Success in Steamboat does not mean you must be a trustfunder or have lived in the valley for 100 years, success is contributing in whatever way you can to better our community. So maybe before we go attacking good people for stupid flags and for investing in businesses in Steamboat, think about what you contribute to this community?

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stillinsteamboat 4 years, 8 months ago

jmm761- I don't think we're talking about the same "rancher".

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jmm761 4 years, 8 months ago

stillinsteamboat: I know we are talking about the same rancher, and they are good people! And yes they donate, as well as give many local jobs. As a business owner who donates more than I make, I can distinguish between good people and good business practices. So you can live in your rumor mill world if that is what drives you.

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bandmama 4 years, 8 months ago

FYI... If you want a great lunch deal, go to CMC at lunch time!!! best value, all you can eat for about 6 bucks. Pizza, pasta, main entree, dessert, and drinks and one special cook while you wait plate. ROCKS!!!!! AND, ONLY 6 BUCKS!!!!!! And a ROCKING salad bar.

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seeuski 4 years, 8 months ago

Why would an anonymous forum member want to divulge his personal info to people who make it their business to harm those they don't agree with? The neat thing is even though jmm761 made his or her claim, they are anonymous, so it is not self promoting. That wouldn't be the case if they gave up their forum status. But nice try.

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callguinness 4 years, 8 months ago

Valley boy,

I'm confused by your post. First you say "some people" wouldn't patronize if they knew what they were. You then proceed to talk about how they are all about peace, harmony and making the world a better place. So who doesn't want that, and if "some people" don't want that, maybe the Fox's don't want those people at the restaurant.

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oldskoolstmbt 4 years, 8 months ago

jmm761~ i didn't realize 'local' included mexico..thanks for clearing that up! and since when is donating more than you make a good business practice?..or where you just claiming the be the good person side of things?

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jmm761 4 years, 8 months ago

Actually, I do donate more than I personally pay myself or profit myself, not more than I gross. Obviously I wouldn't be in business if that were the case, and there are many other businesses in town that give locally to anyone that asks. The foxes are a good example of this as well.

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oldskoolstmbt 4 years, 8 months ago

jmm761~ awesome, you have a good tax set-up....and businesses/FAMILIES have been donating locally for 100's of years...so?? Buenas Noches!

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