Steamboat Springs An Indian restaurant has closed its doors in Wildhorse Marketplace, and an Irish pub and restaurant is getting ready to open after delays of about a year.
Kerry Shea, property manager for the shopping center on Mount Werner Road, confirmed Monday that The Bombay Grill has closed. He said the closing of Steamboat Springs’ only Indian restaurant is “a recent piece of activity” but could not comment in detail because termination proceedings are under way. Former Bombay Grill Manager Lisa Gill declined to comment and said her father, Bombay Grill owner Harjinder Gill, is in Canada this week and difficult to reach. Lisa Gill hasn’t worked at the restaurant in more than a year. A more recent manager, Monty Bath, also could not be reached.
Shea said work is in progress to find a new operator of the restaurant’s space.
“The landlord and owners are actively pursuing some alternatives to get that space filled,” Shea said. “It’s programmed for a restaurant, so that general concept is what’s looking to be continued.”
A few steps away from the Bombay Grill space, Kyteler’s Irish Pub is in the final stages of interior work and inspections and likely will open in March.
The pub and restaurant occupies a corner location at Wildhorse Marketplace and features an interior accented with stone arches and tin and wood ceilings.
In a December 2009 appearance on TV18, Gerry Howard said Kyteler’s — pronounced “Kettlers” — would offer traditional Irish meals and Irish beer standards including Guinness, Harp and Murphy’s, along with Irish coffees, European drinks and assorted wines.
At that time, Gerry and Siobian Howard were planning to open in March or April of 2010. Gerry Howard declined to comment this week on the delay.
Walking through Kyteler’s interior, though, reveals a pub on the verge of opening. Stone arches above tables create cozy spaces that general contractor James Music, of Ultra Mechanical, called “snugs,” and Kyteler’s dart room and dance floor appear ready for bull’s-eye tosses and Irish jigs.
Music, who also worked for GCH Contracting on the site, said the Kyteler’s project gave a small boost to the ailing construction industry.
“Everybody that has worked on this is local,” said Music, an Oak Creek native.
A manager for the new pub said Kyteler’s will be conducting interviews for all staff positions from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, at Kyteler’s.
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