A new restaurant, specializing in American-classic food, with a homey feel, will open within the next two weeks in downtown Woodland Park.
Last week, the Woodland Park City Council granted a wine and beer license to the new Judge’s Char-grill in the downtown area at 108 East Midland. At the same time, the council got a quick snapshot of the pending restaurant, located right next to Joanie’s Deli, from manager Max Nickelsburg, the co-owner of the former Maximillian’s Café. In addition, WP Mayor Neil Levy, who owns the Swiss Chalet restaurant, gave a few plugs for the operation.
“This is a real opportunity for our community,” said Levy, who told the manager to expect a huge crowd during the opening week. He also lauded the talents of Nickelsburg.
Nickelsburg accepted the challenge with open arms and stated that the owners, who hail from Oklahoma, are excited about their new venture. He said Judge’s Char-grill will focus on American classic food, and especially burgers and chicken fried steaks, with a fresh, home-style flavor. He described it as a family restaurant, which would also serve beer and wine. According to Nickelsburg, the restaurant would feature an outdoor patio and sport a special outdoor barbecue area. Plus, it would offer deliveries and would have the option for customers to make orders through their phone apps.
The manager believes it will fill a niche missing in Woodland Park, which sports a number of high caliber restaurants and a plethora of fast-food joints. But few eateries showcase fresh American-style classics.
Nickelsburg indicated he is looking forward to the new opportunity, citing the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the closure of the Maximillian’s Café, which is now occupied by the Ute Pass Brewing Company. “We lost our restaurant due to theft,” said Nickelsburg.
The council enthusiastically approved the new license, but appeared more interested in details of the operation. Nickelsburg expects Judge’s Char-grill to open for business in about two weeks, but cautioned that the staff wants to make sure the operation is fully ready for a huge volume of customers.
Sturman properties granted new subdivision, despite fire department denial
The Woodland Park City Council has granted the final okay for a 80-acre area of the Sturman properties, in the western section of WP, into two large residential lots.
The new area, allowing for two homes on each lot, will be called the Trout Creek Subdivision.
However, this approval sparked much discussion, and was peppered by a recommendation of denial by representatives of the Northeast Teller County Fire Protection District. The fire district’s concerns dealt with water supply and access, according to a letter sent to the city.
Tyler Lambert, the chief of the district, cited big problems with the future driveway grades during last week’s hearing
This denial fueled a number of questions by Councilman Val Carr, who cast the sole “no” vote for the subdivision approval action..
As part of its recommendation, city officials stated that Woodland Park would not provide water and sewer service to the new proposed residential area. It also is limiting the area to the development of two water wells to service the new proposed homes.
With the city’s approval conditions, it would prohibit any further subdivisions in this area.
Carol Sturman, the co-owner of the property, stated that the residential project could provide the area with definite benefits from an infrastructure improvement standpoint “For the city, it is going to be an asset. We will have access we have never had before.”
The property owner was referring to better connections to the Pike National Forest with the subdivision-related road improvements.
Carr, though, expressed concerns about the stance taken by the fire department, and is worried about the city and fire district getting on the same page. Other concerns dealt with unknown questions surrounding water availability for the development. However, Utilities Director Kip Wiley noted that this is a gamble that developers must take, when undertaking large residential lots of this nature.