A new restaurant and event center is slated to open sometime in March at the Gypsum Creek Golf Course.
Gypsum Town Council members approved a lease agreement for an operation proposed as Creek Side Restaurant.
"There aren't many places to rent party venues in this area," said Scott Berry, one of the three partners proposing the operation. "We see a place for people to book weddings and events, and a restaurant for the town. We are also committed to at least three years at this location. We hope to be here 20 years."
Partner Mike Rindone said they already had a connection to Sysco foods, so it will be "good food at a good price."
Kenny Henson is the third partner. Henson is a former executive chef of the Chophouse in Vail and will manage Creek Side's kitchen.
"This will be the style of food you find in Beaver Creek and Vail but at a cheaper price," Rindone said.
The target grand opening of Creek Side is to coincide with the opening day of the golf course. For now, there is a lot to do, including renovations and installing a point-of-sale system.
Gypsum Town Manager Jeff Shroll said the downstairs locker rooms at the club are unnecessarily large and have had numerous problems ever since the facility opened as the privately owned Cotton Ranch Golf Club. The town bought the club in 2010 after it went into foreclosure.
"We would like to find a better way to use that basement so that events won't have to interrupt the restaurant upstairs," Shroll said. "Right now, we hardly use the basement and the old furnace system isn't working so well anymore."
The council approved spending up to $1,800 for a remodel study and $2,000 for a study to improve the heating system. Up to $7,500 was approved for the POS system, which will be retained by the town and help streamline bookkeeping between the restaurant, pro shop and golf course.
The Creek Side Restaurant will pay for the POS software.
"A POS system will track everything we do," Rindone said. "I don't know how we would do a business like this without one."