Chelsea’s closes in Oak Creek |

Chelsea’s closes in Oak Creek

Owners of restaurant exploring options to reopen original site

— The owners of Chelsea’s are not sure when or if the long-time Chinese restaurant in Oak Creek will reopen.

Owners Jaila and Andy Benjamin said financial constraints forced the closure of the restaurant on Main Street in Oak Creek. The restaurant has not offered service in Oak Creek since before Thanksgiving.

“It is closed right now,” she said. “We don’t know if that’s going to be temporary or permanent, but we’re working on making it a temporary situation.”

The Benjamins opened a Chelsea’s in downtown Steamboat Springs last summer. That restaurant is doing well, they said.

Construction on Colorado Highway 131 and the new Chelsea’s in Steamboat Springs affected business in Oak Creek, Jaila Benjamin said. “It has been a little overwhelming,” she said.

Jaila Benjamin said options include leasing the Oak Creek restaurant to someone who wants to run Chelsea’s, selling the building or allowing a new restaurant to take over Chelsea’s.

“We would very much like to keep it open,” she said. “But in order to keep a South Routt business open, South Routt residents need to support it and all of our businesses. It needs to be more than just saying you like it, people need to spend their money there.”

The Steamboat Springs Chelsea’s is “doing great,” she said. The restaurant at 345 Lincoln Ave. recently began serving lunch. It hosts music performers and weekend dancing.

Chelsea’s is not the only South Routt restaurant to have closed in recent months.

Three Amigos, a Mexican restaurant in Yampa, has closed. The restaurant opened in the historical Antlers Cafe & Bar in November 2005.

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