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Winona’s in downtown Steamboat hopes to reopen soon

Repairs are still under way at the popular Lincoln Avenue restaurant

Winona’s owner Jamie McQuade is hoping to reopen the week of Labor Day. The downtown restaurant closed July 21 after the subflooring in the kitchen collapsed when being retiled.
John F. Russell





Winona’s owner Jamie McQuade is hoping to reopen the week of Labor Day. The downtown restaurant closed July 21 after the subflooring in the kitchen collapsed when being retiled.
John F. Russell

— Contrary to the rumor going around town, Winona’s, one of Steamboat’s most popular restaurants, is not closed for good. In fact, owner Jamie McQuade hopes to reopen the week of Labor Day.

“We might not make Monday (Sept. 6), but we

hope to be open that week,” Mc­­Quade said. “Fox Construction is working on the repairs.”



Winona’s, 617 Lincoln Ave., was forced to close July 21 after the subflooring in the restaurant’s kitchen collapsed while being retiled. It was a difficult blow to absorb because the unexpected need to close for repairs came just a few weeks after street construction on Lincoln Avenue took a hiatus for the summer.

“It’s been a rough year between the construction and the building,” McQuade said.



She’s hoping her loyal customers will rally around her restaurant.

“I’m going to need it,” McQuade said.

The restaurant’s reopening would come just in time for the second phase of construction that will necessitate tearing up the street in front of her building on the south side of Lincoln Avenue.

Fred and Winona Schwartz own the building occupied by Winona’s, which was a Kentucky Fried Chicken in the late 1970s.

McQuade said her business insurance only would cover a portion of her losses from being closed for more than a month in the heart of the summer tourist season. That’s because there’s a presumption, she said, that the building’s owner would keep it in good repair.

“It’s an old building. I feel like (repairs) have been needed for a long time. I can’t really talk about it. There are two insurance companies and a bunch of lawyers involved,” she said.


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