New bar, pizza place among several additions to local restaurant scene |

New bar, pizza place among several additions to local restaurant scene

— New restaurants and bars are popping up around town, while the future of some empty commercial spaces remain unclear. Here’s a look at the latest business news in Steamboat Springs.

New eats to the west

West Steamboat’s culinary renaissance continued in January with the successful launch of Moe’s Original Barbecue at the corner of Elk River Road and U.S. Highway 40 and the recent opening of Sharon’s in Riverside Plaza.

A happy hour menu at Moe’s sports cheap beers and a pound of wings for less than $6.

The restaurant has proven popular with locals, and it’s hard to tell the space used to be a 7-Eleven gas station.

Sharon’s brings home cooked comfort food to the former Pisa’s location.

Children can get a plate of French toast for a buck.

New pizza place coming

Jon Sanders is planning to open a new pizzeria in Old Town Square.

Colorado High Five will feature pizzas and salads, wine and beer.

“There will be live music, and we’re going to make it really kid friendly during the day,” Sanders said.

It could include things like a climbing wall and video games.

Sanders said he’s aiming to open the new restaurant in May.

Sake2u rebuilding

A popular downtown sushi restaurant that was put out of business following a January flood is plotting a comeback.

A burst pipe filled Sake2U with tons of water in January and left the place a complete mess.

The owners of the restaurant posted last week on Facebook that they have received building permits, and the remodel is underway.

The restaurant’s owners are aiming to reopen between the last week of May and mid-June.

New bar at Back Door Grill

David Eliason’s burger joint has expanded again.

In February, Back Door Grill opened a new bar above its restaurant on Oak Street.

The bar features a variety of beer options and serves all of the food available at Back Door.

Try the Twilight Zone burger (cheddar peanut butter, bacon, cream Sriracha), or customize a classic burger.

Future of Wendy’s space unknown

A giant For Lease sign has come down from the windows at the former Wendy’s space, but Bob Larson, the owners’ representative at the Sundance at Fish Creek shopping center, said last week he has no news he can share yet about the future of the empty building.

Wendy’s closed in late October, bringing an end to a long era of Baconators, spicy chicken sandwiches and Frosty treats in Steamboat.

Larson said restaurant management issues led to Wendy’s exit.

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

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