This past March, many locals were saddened to see the Craftwood Inn
go out of business
, leaving more than one bride a little miffed, while closing a chapter on a legacy Manitou Springs property that dates back to 1912.
The good news is that properties like it, with great potential, don't tend to sit vacant too long, when the price is right. In this case, that price was $950,000 according to incoming co-owner Brian Scully, who just moved with his business and life partner David Monson from Hawaii to create the new Craftwood Inn Event Center
The gentlemen formerly ran an event center in Golden and catering outfit in Denver for more than 25 years before their long sojourn in the Pacific, and Scully, the acting chef, attended Hyde Park's Culinary Institute of America
"We're hands-on owners," he says, "we're at every single function."
He anticipates that weddings will comprise 75-percent of those functions as of March 1, and to be clear, the property will no longer operate as a restaurant. The partners do intend to spiff up the property quite a bit though, adding new flooring, mirrors, artwork tables and upscale chairs on the interior. On the exterior, they'll construct a dramatic arch complete with a waterfall and overhaul existing structures to become bride and groom cottages.
See next week's Side Dish for more.
Courtesy Craftwood Inn
This historic building is about to get a fancy overhaul.