After months spent eagerly awaiting the opening of a second Bluegrass Coffee and Bourbon Lounge across town, Arvadans can now mark their calendars for the coffeehouse and bar’s opening next month. …
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After months spent eagerly awaiting the opening of a second Bluegrass Coffee and Bourbon Lounge across town, Arvadans can now mark their calendars for the coffeehouse and bar’s opening next month.
Owners Sheena and Drew Gordon and their team had previously anticipated that the west Arvada Bluegrass, located near the Candelas neighborhood at the intersection of Highway 72 and Candelas Parkway, would open at the beginning of summer 2020. However, a variety of delays, most of them related to the ongoing pandemic, have pushed that date back, said manager Josh Schwartz.
“We haven’t been able to bring in as many construction workers as we would like. We found that there just weren’t as many working,” Schwartz said. “There are also some items that haven’t been able to ship because of COVID.”
He added that the business has been tasked with finding extra funding after the COVID-19 pandemic has led to increases for the cost of labor, materials and products.
However, with the delays worked out and funding secured, the team is now looking forward to a socially-distanced, guidelines-based opening at the end of August, bringing what residents say is a much-needed boost to the area.
“A lot of us who live out here are starving for retail and restaurants. It really is great validation for Candelas, having an established business from Olde Town coming here,” said Amanda Rieter, a Candelas resident and real estate agent.
Looking back on last spring’s quarantine, she added that while Candelas has miles of trails, many families struggled to find nearby takeout options.
“I really hope this helps set a tone for more businesses looking at expansion on this side,” she said.
As the Bluegrass opening gets closer, the business is looking to hire a team of about 40 to run the restaurant, which is significantly larger than the original location in Olde Town. Because a large training of all new employees will likely be prohibited leading up to the opening, Schwartz said the restaurant plans to train new hires in small groups.
Also different at the new location will be an expanded menu and spirits selection, a highball machine and a delivery service for customers living within seven miles of the Candelas location.
That said, between the two locations, the core of what the Bluegrass is will be the same, Schwartz said.
“We get to know our customers really well. It’s kind of like ‘Cheers,’” Schwartz said. “We’re excited to be able to provide that service to west Arvada.”
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