Kris Shea plans to open Cruisers Sub Shop in the Wildhorse Marketplace next Wednesday.

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Kris Shea plans to open Cruisers Sub Shop in the Wildhorse Marketplace next Wednesday.

Wildhorse Marketplace is expecting new tenants

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— Activity is heating up at Wildhorse Marketplace.

Cruisers Sub Shop is scheduled to open Wednesday followed by The Rusted Porch and McKnights Irish Pub, which once was the site of the unopened Kyteler’s Irish Pub.

Cruisers co-owner Kris Shea said the surf-themed restaurant would offer affordable sandwiches for breakfast and lunch in a comfortable environment.

“My main point is to provide locals the value with something that is still super yummy,” said Shea, whose shop occupies the former Quiznos location.

Shea, a Michigan native, moved to Steamboat two months ago from Denver. He said Cruisers would feature a simple menu of about eight to 10 sandwiches, including Italian, club, meatball, carnitas, tuna, chicken salad and gourmet grilled cheese varieties.

It’s the first of the new restaurants by the same ownership group slated to open in Wildhorse off Mount Werner Road.

Kerry Shea, Kris Shea’s brother, said he, Brent Pearson and Malcolm Scott are partners in a group that also owns The Rusted Porch and McKnights Irish Pub. Kerry Shea said each restaurant would be its own entity.

Pearson is a co-manager of Steamboat Partners, the owner of Wildhorse Marketplace. Kerry Shea is director of sales and marketing for Resort Ventures West, which conducts property management for Steamboat Partners.

Scott, who will operate The Rusted Porch, said the “American comfort food” restaurant and bar is scheduled to open by late October. Scott said he hoped to have final inspections done early next week and a couple of weeks to get things up and running before opening the doors.

“For all intents and purposes, it’s done,” he said.

Kerry Shea said the ownership group had targeted the beginning of ski season to open McKnights Irish Pub at the former site of Kyteler’s.

Kyteler’s first was slated to open in spring 2010, but it was delayed indefinitely when about 15 workers walked off the job in March. The workers said owner Gerry Howard hadn’t paid them in months.

The workers retained Steamboat attorney Ralph Cantafio, who said overdue payments could exceed $150,000. Cantafio said Thursday that the issue recently was settled and declined to provide more details.

Steamboat Partners since has repossessed the property from Howard.

After the new restaurants open, Kerry Shea said Wildhorse would have only three vacancies.

“All three, we’ve got active conversations going on right now to go through lease terms on the business side of it,” he said. “Our goal and our desire by the end of the year would be to have the vacancies filled and the restaurants open to make Wildhorse Marketplace a food and entertainment venue for Steamboat.”

The Drunken Onion Get & Go Kitchen owner Ben Stroock, who is located next to Cruisers, said he hoped the new additions to Wildhorse would provide a boost to his business.

“I’m hoping for success and revitalization of the center,” he said. “I think successful businesses are good for all of us.”

To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com

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