The restaurant at the Pelican Lakes Golf and Country Club in Water Valley will be under new management, beginning on Monday when Austin’s Homestead Grill will stop running the eatery.
A management and service team composed mostly of former Austin’s employees will take over operation of the restaurant, and it will close until March 1 for renovations, according to a news release from Pelican Lakes.
Austin’s is owned by Fort Collins-based Hot Corner Concepts, and the other Austin’s locations in Fort Collins, as well as other Hot Corner restaurants in Fort Collins — Enzio’s Italian Kitchen, Big Al’s and The Moot House — will continue normal operations.
“It was a pleasure to work alongside the Austin’s crews throughout the years. We will be big patrons of their restaurants for many years to come,” Water Valley President and CEO Martin Lind said in the news release, referring to the Fort Collins restaurants. “And we are excited for our new enterprise.”
During the renovation, the log cabin-style building at 1600 Pelican Lakes Point will receive an interior remodel to its current bar area, and add on a sports bar underneath the main restaurant building.
“The lobby and bar will look slightly less ‘lodgey,’ and more swanky,” Anna Becerra, the director of sales and events for the restaurant, said in the news release. “The bar will have a more open floor plan with more high top tables and a soft seating area. It’s going to be like a cocktail lounge for before and after dinner drinks.
The sports memorabilia and neon signs will move downstairs, she said.
“The whole place is getting an entire facelift to more of a country club feel,” she said.
The downstairs sports bar is roughly 4,400 square feet, with 2,100 of it being usable guest space, and besides a bar, it will feature televisions, three golf simulators, and a small kitchen that will create pizzas, sandwiches, paninis, nachos and other bar-style food for both Pelican Lakes members and guests. This same kitchen will also serve patrons of the swimming pool during the summer months. The kitchen is tentatively scheduled to be open in May, the release stated.
“We have always seen little things we’ve wanted to do, and now we feel like we’re going to be able to tap into some of the potential this restaurant has,” said general manager Kirk Silos, who along with Becerra have been employed by the Hot Corner Concepts family for more than a decade. “It’s going to be a great bar with a great atmosphere. And there’s going to be good food as well.”
Silos said he is still interviewing potential chefs to run the kitchen but regardless of who is chosen the menu will be enhanced. However, he also said they will keep some favorite menu items, such as the Bandit Burger and the Hawaiian Chicken Salad.
While the main purpose of the restaurant and bar is to cater to the members of Pelican Lakes, a semi-private country club, the public is more than welcome, the release stated.
Becerra said she hopes people will give the revamped restaurant a try.
“We want people who have tried us in the past and for whatever reason didn’t come back to try us again,” Becerra said. “We want an increased guest satisfaction. We want everyone to walk out of here with a great taste in their mouth. We want that ‘wow’ factor.”