Mesa County, Colo. — The first snowfall of the season is here rather earlier than expected, and in the Grand Valley businesses are having different reactions to the snow since the COVID restrictions are still in place. In Fruita, businesses are fortunate enough to have several roads closed for more outdoor seating, but in downtown Grand Junction, some of the available outdoors spaces are not winterized yet.
Therefore, with the blast of winter weather impacting our area, on top of the COVID restrictions that are limiting indoor seating, local businesses are in a challenging spot. Fortunately in Fruita, a few months ago the city built an outdoor dining space that has positively impacted local restaurants. Robert Pack, Suds Brothers Brewery employee, says, “it has picked up business a little bit.”
In addition, the COVID-friendly area will soon turn on its heaters, and the restaurants on East Aspen Avenue think the space will continue to be used in the winter. Thus, these restaurants are not fretting the forecast.
Meanwhile in Grand Junction, the city has yet to build additional outdoor seating that is also appropriate for the winter. Thereby, walking past The Feisty Pint you can notice the empty patio and parked cars instead of parklets. So, the snow falling sooner than expected has restaurants scrambling to make accommodations. Tim Babbit, The Feisty Pint owner, ordered outdoor heaters for his patio, but they are not set to arrive for a few weeks. So, Babbit hopes the snow melts quickly, but until then, he is ready to overcome every winter obstacle.