After a brief delay, Grand Junction-based restaurant Roosters has a tentative grand opening date of June 20 for its new Montrose location, 1135 E. Main St. The restaurant initially had an early-June opening date.
Co-owner Jason Steed said the hiring process had taken some time, delaying initial opening day plans.
Steed said recent high school graduations have hurt the staff at both Grand Junction locations. Throw on top of that the visitors from the NCJAA Division I JUCO World Series who flocked to Roosters, and the last few weeks were “stressful,” Steed said.
“We’re back on track now so we’re going to hire and see how it goes,” he said.
Four years ago, brothers John and Jason Steed took over Roosters, a family-friendly sports-themed restaurant and sports bar then more than 20 years old. The brothers grew up around the restaurant industry, and this will be the family’s third location.
Roosters in Montrose will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday to Saturday.
The other two locations are at 200 W. Grand Ave. and 2210 Highway 6 and 50, both in Grand Junction.
Best known for the wings, the restaurant makes over 30 sauces in house. The menu also has various appetizers, burgers, soups, salads and more.
Jason Steed previously said the restaurant has a large following in Montrose already. He often would receive comments from locals asking about when Roosters would be coming to town, he said.
Steed said it’s always hard when a restaurant comes in from out of town, but he and his brother aren’t looking for ways to detract from what is already here — they understand the importance of a local restaurant’s following, thanks to their experiences at Roosters’ other two locations.
For about a year, Steed said, they had their eye on the East Main Street building where they are soon to open.
Inside the building, the decor is nearly set up but Steed reiterated staffing is what needed to set up shop.
“We basically need a staff and then we’ll be open,” Steed said.
For more information, visit flynroosters.com.
News Editor Monica Garcia contributed to this story.
Andrew Kiser is the Montrose Daily Press’ sports/business writer. Follow him on Twitter @andrew_kpress.