Pavilion coffee shop space converted into meeting room
SILVERTHORNE – After about 18 months of seeking a coffee shop purveyor for the pavilion, Silverthorne town officials have instead opted to make the space a meeting room.
Eventually, the 900-square-foot room still could become a coffee shop.
“At this time, we haven’t been able to attract a tenant to operate a full-blown coffee shop business out of there,” said Town Manager Kevin Batchelder.
The problem, officials say, is a perceived lack of traffic.
“Purveyors are generally excited about the location, design, and the fact that it’s connected to an event facility, but the consensus seems to be they’re relying on foot traffic,” said the pavilion’s events coordinator, Maggie Butler. “Although we have sometimes 18,000 to 20,000 cars going by Highway 9 on a daily basis, they don’t seem to feel that’s as important as foot traffic.”
That could change with the construction of the second phase of the town center. Batchelder said the council likely will hire a design team specifically assigned to plot out that phase at the council’s June 12 meeting.
“What we are anticipating is that we will discuss this topic when we begin to meet with our design team on Phase 2 of the town center,” Batchelder said. “It could end up with a coffee shop and this space could end up something else, or this could be the best space (for the coffee shop).”
For $7,000, the town finished the coffee shop space with carpeting, light fixtures, blinds and other finish work and began leasing it out as meeting space earlier this month.
The second phase of the town center is expected to include several private businesses, at least one of them a restaurant.
The town paid for the first phase of town center work, including the pavilion, infrastructure and the first pedestrian bridge, with a bond issue approved by Silverthorne residents. That work culminated last June with the grand opening of the pavilion.
Jane Reuter can be reached at 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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