Pinery offers exclusive club overlooking downtown

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Mitch Yellen stands on the south veranda, with a view of Cheyenne Mountain and Pikes Peak.

Mitch Yellen stands on the south veranda, with a view of Cheyenne Mountain and Pikes Peak.

Still under construction, the Pinery at the Hill now offers exclusive club memberships.

The Club at the Pinery at the Hill will sell annual memberships for $2,850, and with that come many “deep discounts,” said owner Mitch Yellen.

At least initially, Yellen expects to sell between 100 and 150 memberships. He said the current owners probably will limit the number of memberships available to 300.

The former hilltop restaurant at 775 W. Bijou St. also will become a business, wedding and special event venue.

The 24,000-square-foot building is undergoing a $13 million renovation, being done by Art C. Klein Construction Inc. Work is set to be complete before its first scheduled event, Sept. 22, Yellen said.

The Club at the Pinery at the Hill will have club mixers during the week with free appetizers and discounted libations. Club membership comes with discounts at the Pinery and at any of the businesses owned under the Pinery at the Hill’s umbrella. This includes dinners, catering, wines, convention room rentals, flowers.

“The Pinery at the Hill is definitely going to be first-class,” Yellen said. “It’s the only place in town with 360-degree views of Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs.

“We’re not even open yet and we’re getting six to 10 calls a day for bookings,” Yellen said. He said between 10 and 12 weddings are already booked.

The Pinery already has a bankers’ club made up of the Pinery investors, Yellen said. The bankers get together and discuss the latest private investment strategies.

The two-story Pinery at the Hill has multiple banquet rooms and ballrooms. There is a chapel with a large veranda that overlooks Cheyenne Mountain and Pikes Peak. The building’s east porch commands an impressive view of downtown Colorado Springs.

Dinners “will be like going to The Summit,” Yellen said, referring to the high quality of The Broadmoor restaurant. He said dinners at the Pinery at the Hill will range in price from $12.95 to $19.95.