Biz Buzz: New Grand Junction bar opened in October | News

Biz Buzz for July 21, 2019 | Business

Biz Buzz: New Grand Junction bar opened in October | News


One of Grand Junction’s newest bar and grill establishments uses “grill” with a grain of salt.

Instead, Scallywags Bar and Grill offers a variety of hot and cold sandwiches and pizza made with fresh bread, fresh dough, homemade sauce and meatballs.

The establishment, 509 28½ Road, behind the Auto Zone, opened in late October under the ownership of Chad and Tara Geery.

The couple has roughly 50 years of bartending experience in Grand Junction between the two of them and wanted to start their own business.

“It was just time to do something entrepreneurial,” Chad Geery said. “We had the opportunity. The people who owned the business were looking to sell and it all just fell into place.”

The Geerys expanded the seating to hold about 20 customers. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the year.

In addition to food and drinks, each table comes with a game. The games range from Connect Four to Jenga to Battleship.

A staff of eight or nine people works at Scallywags, including the Geerys’ two daughters. The business will have a daily happy hour for everyone from 4 to 7 p.m. A second happy hour from 11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. will be for those who work in the restaurant and service industry. It also offers free pool each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Chad Geery said the business’ motto is “where mischief comes to play.”

Scallywags recently added a new smoking patio on the north side of the building that Chad said is to keep the smoke away from residences in the area.

The Scallywags building has housed multiple businesses throughout the years, but most recently was STIX Bar and Grill and TJ’s Billiards.

“It’s gone through some transformations, but we’re hoping it will be Scallywags for a long, long time,” Chad said.

n The Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology (CAVE) announced its Awards in Excellence for 2019 on Jan. 23 at the conclusion of its annual VinCO Conference and Trade Show. It named a grape grower of the year, winery of the year and friend of the industry.

Keith and Diana Reed were selected as the 2019 winners of the grape grower of the year award. The Reeds operate Cottonwood Cellars in Olathe and have more than 22 acres of vines planted. They produce a variety of wine grapes.

Carlson Vineyards took home the winery of the year award. A statement from CAVE said owners Garrett and Cailin Portra have “not only rejuvenated a longstanding Colorado winery, but they have also worked hard within the local region to promote conservation, community and quality.”

In addition to the Palisade winery, the Portras recently opened a tasting room on Main Street in downtown Grand Junction.

Grand Junction chef Josh Niernberg was selected as 2019’s friend of the wine industry. Niernberg owns both Bin 707 and Taco Party in downtown Grand Junction.

“Josh has always been a visionary, sometimes too ahead of his time, and he knows how to connect guests and others in the state with Colorado wine,” a press release from CAVE stated.


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