Business owners support Copper development plans |

Business owners support Copper development plans

Bob Starekow, Bob Kato and John TusoCopper Mountain

I am writing on behalf of Burning Stones, LLC. My name is Bob Starekow, and along with Bob Kato and John Tuso, we are the owners of a small business at Copper Mountain, called the Incline Bar & Grill which made its debut at the base of the American Eagle Lift in December of 2006. LLC member, John Tuso first became a part of Coppers commercial community in 1976 when Tusos Restaurant opened at the base of B-Lift. Our combined restaurant history spans a collective 100 years of business interests in all of Summits towns and resorts. We have owned or operated in whole or in part many names with a great restaurant history in Summit. Among them are the Snake River Saloon, Golden Annies, El Rio, Whiskey Creek, Tusos, Tuscatos, Silverheels Southwest Grill, Nick N Willys Pizza, Chimayo Grill, the Island Grill and Silverheels at the Ore House.We sense a great future at Copper Mountain Resort. We understand that restaurants can be a major influence in helping to drive the economic engine in resort communities. The success of such enterprises if they are located properly and operated with consistency, drive the success of all commercial businesses and real estate property sales nearby.Crucial to any restaurants success is a high ratio of lodging guests to restaurant seats. This new PUD plan is vital to the future development of the ski resort in as much as it will provide a much needed boost to the commercial core of the Village. Copper Mountain needs to do what makes sense to drive commercial viability for its tenants and residents. This plan will produce a higher ratio of occupied residences and make changes to pedestrian traffic flow to create a more concentrated commercial area in the village center. As the largest tenant in that commercial core, our opinion of the revised proposal for the PUD is very positive. We formally submit our support for the proposed PUD and strongly urge you to do the same. Please urge a positive vote by the current county commissioners in favor of this plan. Copper Mountains business community needs your support.

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