Downtown businesses undergoing late summer shuffle |

Downtown businesses undergoing late summer shuffle

Paddle Wheel Coffee & Tea Co. is one of the downtown businesses that recently shut its doors.
Scott Franz

— Goodbye, cups of coffee at Paddlewheel and margaritas on the Rio Grande rooftop.

Hello, half rack of ribs on Fifth Street and a pizza pub in Old Town Square.

A large, late summer restaurant and business shuffle is underway in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Here’s a look at the businesses that are coming, going and growing.

Now open

The Pit on 5th BBQ and Colorado High Five are the newest restaurants to open downtown.

Colorado High Five owner Jon Sanders has a simple tag line for his new pizzeria.

“The original concept was kiddos by day, big kids by night,” Sanders said. “People have figured out we jam out at night and we’re a music place, but we want people to also come and tell us how our pizza compares.”

The restaurant and bar feels like a pizzeria during the day.

Children are invited to draw on chalkboards on the walls and leave a “high five” handprint.

When it gets late on weekends, the tables are removed, the music is turned up and the place takes on a whole new feel.

The restaurant, located in Old Town Square, is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, and will keep those hours during mud season.

Sanders said he will also start pizza delivery in the fall.

A couple blocks away on Lincoln Avenue, The Pit on 5th is starting to serve up barbecue.

Look for more information on this new restaurant in an upcoming issue of the Steamboat Today.

Coming soon

A new oriental market is setting up shop in Oak Street Plaza.

Long-time Steamboat residents John and Jennifer Kelly started the market with Jennifer Kelly’s mother, Bangon Svederus.

Ajanta’s Market will open soon at its new location.

The market will feature gourmet foods, cooking and dinnerware, herbs and spices and jewelry and clothing, according to the market’s website.

The owners are aiming to open the new market in September.

Visit to learn more.

New digs

The Sand Gallery is reporting strong sales in its brand new downtown location at 1104 Lincoln Ave.

The shop, which specializes in making and selling glass pipes and jewelry, started in Steamboat four years ago.

Co-owner J.J. Southard said the store has recently found more success selling electronic cigarettes and vaping accessories.

“We’re the premium e-Juice and cigarette spot in town,” Southard said. “It’s become half of my business at times.”


A slew of downtown restaurants and businesses have closed their doors or are going to close soon.

Recent closures include Eureka, a Mediterranean street food concept on Yampa Street, the Paddlewheel Coffee & Tea Co. on Lincoln Avenue, and the Karma Bar and Lounge.

The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant recently announced its Steamboat location will close Sept. 13 after a 13-year run on Lincoln Avenue.

Owners of the restaurant said it became increasingly difficult to operate the Steamboat location three hours away from the restaurant chain headquarters in Fort Collins.

Stay tuned for news on what these downtown spaces will become next.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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