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3 new restaurants scheduled to open in Steamboat this year

Delta Blue to open in former Yacht Club; Irish pub, breakfast spot also on tap

Mike Lawrence

— Steamboat Springs will offer new places to get breakfast, beer or a Southern-style meal in 2010.

Plans for two restaurants and an Irish pub are under way across town. The new eateries are Delta Blue, a Southern fusion restaurant and bar aiming for a late spring opening and featuring a rooftop deck in the former Yacht Club building on Yampa Street; Kytelers, an Irish pub scheduled to open in late March or April in Wildhorse Marketplace; and Little House, a grab-and-go breakfast spot and espresso bar that could open Feb. 1 adjacent to Big House Burgers in West Steamboat.

Kim and Dan Haggarty closed on their purchase of the Yacht Club building in early November. Riverfront Partners, led by Ellen and Rick Fauss, of Fremont, Neb., bought the building and two adjacent development parcels for $4.5 million in July 2008 and listed the restaurant property at $3 million during the summer. Jim Cook, of Colorado Group Realty, could not be reached to confirm the final sale price. The restaurant land measures almost 10,000 square feet.

Massive interior renovations are under way at the restaurant at 811 Yampa St. Dan Haggarty said the bar will be moved to provide patrons with views of the Yampa River and Howelsen Hill as part of an expanded lounge area created by removal of the large, river-rock fireplace that was a prominent Yacht Club feature. Views of the river and Howelsen Hill also will be offered from a new rooftop deck at the rear of the restaurant to be accessed by a new staircase.

On Thursday, Kim Hagg­arty gestured toward the restaurant's large windows looking over the river when asked why she chose to buy the building.

"It's one of the best locations in Steamboat," she said.

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The Haggartys are partnering with Damon and Cheryl Renfroe in Delta Blue. Damon Renfroe will be the lead chef and said the "upscale casual" restaurant will serve "Southern fusion" cuisine, offering Cajun fare — such as cornmeal pancakes with barbecued beef and peaches — while mixing in other culinary styles. Cheryl Renfroe said the family-friendly Delta Blue would serve lunch and dinner in the summers and likely après ski and dinner in the winters. She said the lounge could feature live music during happy hours.

Damon Ren­froe was the executive chef from 2001 to 2003 at two restaurants at Catamount Ranch and Club. He's floating an idea for "Soul Food Sundays" at Delta Blue, with comfort food in a relaxed atmosphere.

"Y'ever had fried chicken and waffles?" he asked with a grin last week. "It's fantastic."

Going green

Siobian and Gerry Howard said Kytelers — pronounced "ket-lers" — Irish Pub will bring dishes including Guinness pot pies; fish and chips; and even traditional Irish breakfasts with black pudding, beans, bacon, mushrooms and more; to the location in Wildhorse Marketplace.

Kytelers will have an old-fashioned feel, too.

"It's a very medieval-style interior," Gerry Howard said last week on Steamboat TV18.

Gerry Howard said the pub would offer European drinks and Irish beer standards including Guinness, Harp and Murphy's, along with Irish coffees and assorted wines.

The Howards said the "very kid-friendly" pub will open between mid-March and mid-April, close to the end of ski season.

Big House, Little House

Rex Brice confirmed last week that he has bought a former real estate office next to Big House Burgers restaurant on Curve Plaza and plans to open Little House there in February.

Brice runs Big House along with Mazzola's Italian Restaurant downtown and Rex's American Grill & Bar on Steamboat's south side, adjoining the Holiday Inn.

He said Little House would serve quick breakfasts and coffees for people on the go.

"We're opening an espresso and biscuit shop — we'll have homemade biscuit sandwiches, like bacon, egg and cheese, ham, egg and cheese, that kind of thing. We'll have pastries and lunch items," he said Thursday.

Brice said a breakfast sandwich will cost $3.50 and won't be limited to biscuits — Little House will serve its fare on English muffins and in breakfast burritos, as well, he said.

The restaurant is about 600 square feet and will have about 15 seats, while sharing a kitchen with Big House, Brice said.

Sharon's at Pisa's restaurant has been serving affordable breakfasts in Riverside Plaza since opening in April. Brice acknowledged that the two restaurants will compete, but said there could be differences between their styles.

"They're a sit-down restaurant, and we're really looking to fit the need of someone who wants something quick," he said.

Sharon Stone, who owns Sharon's, said she welcomes another breakfast spot in the West Steamboat area.

"It of course means competition, but good competition is always the best. Good competition is better than no competition at all … because it brings more people to the area," she said. "Bring it."