Dillon Town Council eyes improvements to Tiki Bar, including potential change in concessionaire

The popular paddleboarding and kayaking hangout on the Colorado Rocky Mountain's Dillon Reservoir could be due for some changes

The Dillon Town Council is scheduled to continue discussing a potential change in the concessionaire who runs the Tiki Bar at the town marina, according to the agenda for the upcoming Tuesday, Sept. 19 work session.

About two weeks ago, the town council members discussed its concessionaires agreements with Pug Ryan’s Brewery, which currently runs the tiki bar, and Stand-Up Paddle Colorado, which runs the paddleboard rentals.

Council members discussed what kind of improvements they would like to see at the tiki bar, everything from the quality of the food to architecture and traffic considerations. It also discussed the competing interests at the marina, including those of concert-goers, nearby residents, slip holders, beach-goers, and regatta competitors and attendees.

“Because the tiki bar is so passionate for all of us here at this table and probably everyone in this room also, we’re trying to figure ways to improve it,” Council member Brad Bailey said at the Sept. 5 meeting. “Make it better for the public. Make it better for the concessionaire. Make it better for the voters. And it’s a tough thing to do because it is a public-private partnership.”

The town’s current Capital Improvement Plan contemplates sea wall improvements in 2025 and potential infrastructure improvements in 2026, which could impact efforts to improve the tiki bar, according to a staff memo to the council.

The Council’s Tuesday, Sept. 19, agenda packet includes a draft request for proposal seeking bids from companies that would like to operate the Tiki Bar in collaboration with the town.

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