Low Country Kitchen to move into former Cloverdale space
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Low Country Kitchen will continue to serve up its signature shrimp and grits and its famous 48-hour fried chicken and house-made buttermilk biscuits, but now restaurant owners Brian and Katy Vaughn will be taking that taste to a new location in a 1918 Craftsman-style home at 207 Ninth St. in Steamboat Springs, which formerly housed Cloverdale Farm and Restaurant.
“We are excited about it,” Brian Vaughn said of move. “We have liked the space a lot and how it fits our concept. Once Cloverdale closed, we reached out to Jeremy (MacGray), our new landlord, and got everything signed.”
The move is bittersweet for the Vaughns.
“We were super sad to hear about Cloverdale closing,” Vaughn said. “We have known Patrick (Ayres), his team and family for awhile. We have the utmost respect for those guys and really liked what they were doing. It’s a bummer to see that happen.”
The Vaughns, who own Low Country Kitchen locations in Steamboat Springs and Denver, will rent the former Cloverdale space and have signed a five-year lease with MacGray, who owns the building.
The look and feel of the new location will take elements from the restaurant’s current location on Lincoln Avenue and blend it with the large carved bar and beautifully restored hardwood floors in the new, larger space.
“One of the good things about it is that we will have a lot more storage, and there is a wine cellar in the basement, so we will be able to add to our wine list considerably,” Vaughn said. “I just like it so much. A lot of our favorite restaurants in the south, where my wife and I are from, are like remodeled old homes, and they fit our concept really, really well.”
The Vaughns have worked hard to create a home-like feel at Low’s original location, which opened in 2014, and they hope to carry that atmosphere to the Ninth Street space. Vaughn said they also plan to add some items to the menu.
“We are looking forward to having some refreshing changes to both the food menu as well as the beverage program,” Vaughn said. “We are going to broaden the menu a little bit, broaden the wine list and change the cocktails a little bit and not necessarily make it more expensive.”
Vaughn said Low Country Kitchen will remain in its current location until the end of the month. He expects the restaurant to open in its new space by Dec. 10 or earlier.
Vaughn said special events booked through Low Country Kitchen will go on as planned, and he is confident people will find him at the new location off of Lincoln Avenue.
“I feel like we have been established now going on five years,” Vaughn said. “The trend that we have seen, and that I am sure will continue, is that the majority of our reservations are made either days in advance or last minute by Open Table apps, which basically guide you to the address of the restaurant anyway.
“I’m sure we will get the word out with the locals, and everyone that has been dining with us will know that we are just four or five blocks away from our old location,” Vaughn added.
To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatPilot.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.
John F. Russell is the business reporter at the Steamboat Pilot & Today. To reach him, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatPilot.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.
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