Steamboat Springs Malcolm Scott used three nouns Wednesday to describe the kind of food he’s planning for The Rusted Porch, a restaurant coming in late summer to Wildhorse Marketplace.
“Bacon, burgers and beer,” Scott said.
Sitting inside the space formerly occupied by The Bombay Grill, a prominent location in the shopping plaza off Mount Werner Road, Scott elaborated on the vision he shares with partners Kerry Shea and Brent Pearson.
“It’s going to be a full-service, casual restaurant and bar,” Scott said. “A Western social house is what we’re calling it.”
He said The Rusted Porch will be open for lunch, après ski, dinner and late-night service, with potential to eventually add brunch.
“Basically, the cuisine here is kind of my favorites and my wife’s favorites,” Scott said. “It’s the best of American-style comfort food.”
Scott said the restaurant also will feature signature salads and “share plates,” with a focus on a welcoming, family-friendly atmosphere and ample use of the restaurant’s outdoor deck.
“The first thing that stood out to me was that deck,” Scott said, explaining his confidence in making The Rusted Porch a success where The Bombay Grill struggled. The Indian restaurant closed in February.
Scott said The Rusted Porch’s deck will offer more than 40 seats along with space for children to play.
“The whole family side of things on the deck is a big deal,” he said.
Scott, a resident of Moab, Utah, said he plans to also maintain a home in Steamboat Springs. He knows a few things about kitchens in resort communities.
Scott is a former vice president of food and beverage for Intrawest, which owns Steamboat Ski Area and four other resorts. He also worked for several years as food and beverage director at the Breckenridge and Keystone ski areas, through Vail Resorts.
“I just love the energy that resort towns bring in,” Scott said.
He’s planning “a major facelift” for the interior of The Rusted Porch. The long bar that spanned about half the length of The Bombay Grill space will be removed, Scott said, in favor of a more intimate, U-shaped bar between the restaurant’s lounge and dining areas. The dining area will feature elevated booths and a stage area that also can serve large parties, he said.
Scott said interior materials will include beetle-killed pine finishes, new carpeting and “warm woods” intended to bring outdoor elements indoors and play off the porch connotations inspired by the restaurant’s name and theme.
Scott said those remodels and the restaurant’s permitting process will take place in the coming weeks, hopefully in preparation for a late-summer opening.
He’s leading the restaurant’s management, but his partners are just a few doors away.
Pearson is a co-manager of Steamboat Partners, the owner of Wildhorse Marketplace. Shea is director of sales and marketing for Resort Ventures West, which conducts property management for Steamboat Partners.
Both men have an office in the plaza. Shea said their financial involvement in The Rusted Porch is a testament to their intimate knowledge of the location and its potential.
“It’s not just that we manage the asset,” Shea said. “We believe in Wildhorse Marketplace, and are backing that up.”
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