Business File: Mainstreet meeting is Jan. 15 at Old Town Pub

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— The Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Board of Directors will host its annual meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Old Town Pub & Restaurant at 600 Lincoln Ave. The cost is $20 per person.

Guest speaker Carl Steidt­mann, chief economist for global financial firm Deloitte, who will speak about “Wall Street and Main Street.” The program also includes an update from the Colorado Department of Transportation about spring construction plans on Lincoln Avenue; Sandy Evans Hall, of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, who will talk about summer events; a ski season update from Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.; and a presentation of awards for business of the year, businessperson of the year and volunteers of the year. Call Tracy Barnett at 970-846-1800 or e-mail mainstreetsteamboat@comcast.net to RSVP.

Chamber hosts morning event at Smokehouse

For early risers hoping to get a jump on the day before Mainstreet’s annual meeting, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is hosting a “Good Morning Steamboat” event at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 15 at the Steamboat Smokehouse restaurant at 912 Lincoln Ave. A panel of local speakers will discuss issues. Colorado Bagel Co. will provide bagels. The event includes time for networking and a question-and-answer session. The cost is $5 per person. Visit www.steamboatchamber.com or call 875-7000 to RSVP.

Mazzola’s has reopened after interior renovations

Mazzola’s Italian Rest­aurant has reopened after the first phase of renovations to the downtown restaurant’s interior. Owner Rex Brice also runs Big House Burgers on Curve Plaza, Rex’s American Bar & Grill adjoining the Holiday Inn and the incoming Little House breakfast restaurant adjoining Big House.

Brice said the initial Mazzola’s renovations include new lighting, refurbished walls and ceiling, and seating adjustments. Work to continue in the spring includes moving a wall behind bar patrons back about 5 feet to expand the bar space. Restroom renovations are continuing this month.

Brice acknowledged that he is fortunate to be renovating one restaurant and opening another during an economic recession.

“Things are going well,” he said last week. “The fall was tough. It was a long, slow fall. … But we’re excited. We’ve got a lot going on.”

Mazzola’s was closed for much of December during the renovations. Brice said Big House is proving successful in West Steamboat.

“Big House has really come into its own — it’s a nice, consistent business,” he said.

Brice said he also has a project in mind for Rex’s.

“In the summer, we’re going to expand the grassy area at Rex’s, so there will be more area for kids to play and things to do on that back patio,” he said.

Brice said he has no plans for expansion into additional properties — for the moment.

“Right now, we just want to concentrate on what we’ve got,” he said. “We’re always looking for new opportunities, but we’re not anxious to grow any more at this time.”

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