Regional news: Sunshine Cafe in Silverthorne cuts ribbon on huge expansion |

Regional news: Sunshine Cafe in Silverthorne cuts ribbon on huge expansion

Surrounded by restaurant workers and town officials, Tinley Spry, owner the Sunshine Café with her husband, Mike, cuts the ribbon Friday on a massive expansion at the Silverthorne eatery that’s been in business for about four decades now.
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The owners of one of the longest serving businesses in Silverthorne, the Sunshine Café, cut a ribbon Friday on a massive expansion that added about 1,800 square feet to the restaurant and raised its seating capacity to 97.

Town officials and restaurant personnel attended the ceremony, and the officials presented the restaurant owners, Mike and Tinely Spry, with an oversized check for $3,000 through the town’s business-grant program.

The Sprys have owned the restaurant for about three and a half years now, and during his remarks at the ribbon-cutting, Mike said an old book, “Pioneers of Summit County,” served as a guiding light throughout the renovation process.

When they began, he continued, pages were framed and hung on the walls of the Sunshine Café. Now that the expansion is complete, the pictures and stories remain.

Mike boils them down into three groups: The ski people, the ranch-mountain people and then the town people, and he wants to continue serving all of them.

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“As we redesigned the restaurant, we took that theme and we said that’s what we want this restaurant to remember and honor,” he told the crowd. “This is how it started, these are the people who built the place, and we’re never going to forget that. Thank you, guys.”

Altogether, Mike said, the project took 16 months to complete, and the biggest costs came with moving the kitchen and updating the mechanical structure of the establishment that’s been in business about 40 years, according to Silverthorne Mayor Bruce Butler.

Mike wouldn’t say how much they spent on the entire project but he did say, “it was a lot,” and “it was worth it.”

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