Steamboat Springs A new tavern and convenience store could open next month along U.S. Highway 40 in Milner.
David Mansbridge, a Chicago native who lived in Aspen in the 1970s before moving to the East Coast about 30 years ago, said he hopes to open Daddio’s Bar & Grill in mid-June in the western Routt County community, in the building that formerly housed the Olde Milner Roadhouse. Mansbridge said he moved to Routt County in January and plans to be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner at Daddio’s, featuring pizza and pub staples, while providing a venue for live music and operating a convenience store in the building, as well.
“It’s a great little town, and I think it’ll be a lot of fun,” Mansbridge said about Milner and Daddio’s. “I was looking to have a locals kind of place.”
Routt County Commissioners Diane Mitsch Bush and Nancy Stahoviak approved the liquor and tavern license for Daddio’s on Tuesday, contingent on final approval and inspections from fire, building and environmental health departments. Commissioner Doug Monger was absent.
Building owner Lesa Doyne, who operated the Roadhouse from late 2000 to about 2006, said her sale of the building to Mansbridge was contingent on Tuesday’s approval and is moving forward.
Doyne said since closing the Roadhouse, she’s used the building for some personal storage and had a few proposals for new tenants, but “nobody could get it going.”
Routt County Geographic Information Systems coordinator Robert Felinczak said the Milner area’s population is 209, according to 2010 census figures. The county’s wastewater treatment plant in Milner serves about 95 households and businesses.
Mansbridge said he plans to open Daddio’s at 6 a.m. and hopes to draw business from commuters on U.S. 40 and, potentially, the Steamboat II, Silver Spur and Heritage Park subdivisions west of Steamboat Springs.
A bass player, sailor and woodworker, Mansbridge spoke about eclectic plans for Daddio’s, including a fenced-in backyard with a horseshoe pit and music by local artists. He said live music would occur early in the evening and indicated that Daddio’s would have a family-friendly feel.
Mansbridge said he lives on Steamboat’s west side and plans to move to Milner soon.
“I want to be part of that community,” he said.
Mansbridge said the building is in good shape despite being closed for about five years. He’s installing a new bathroom and a pot sink in the kitchen while doing general renovations and cleaning. He said the kitchen’s pizza oven, and the lack of another such business in Milner, sold him on the building’s potential.
“It’s a well-equipped place,” Mansbridge said. “The kitchen is incredible.”
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