(Published 1:15 p.m. April 5, 2013)
Contractors are working to transform the front of popular downtown night club Gasoline Alley into a walk-up grill.
The restaurant should be open within three weeks, said co-owner Kathy Guadagnoli. The grill is part of a remodel that moved the performance stage to the back of the space and added a bigger kitchen at the front.
“I think it’s a great idea for downtown,” Kathy said. “It makes the block more vibrant during the day.”
She said the idea was born more than a year ago when she and her husband, Sam, tried to buy the building next door and expand Gasoline Alley. The idea was met with ire from downtown retailers and residents who said they felt the strip of Tejon Street between Kiowa Street and Pikes Peak Avenue was too bar heavy.
They complained that the area is quiet during the day when the bars aren’t operating, robbing the block of important daytime activity while producing too much noise from loud bands and DJs at night.
The Guadagnolis walked away from the building they had under contract. But the grill still seemed like a good idea, Kathy said. So, they decided to do it anyway.
“This will be the first place downtown where you can walk up to a window and order,” she said.
The rooftop deck will also be open for seating during the day, she said