Cactus Jack’s reopens

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Customers return in droves as iconic bar and grill puts flooding damage behind it

By Deb Hurley Brobst

Christmas came five days early for Megan and Gary Mitchell when they reopened Cactus Jack’s Saloon on Friday.

Customers began pouring into the iconic bar and eatery at Highway 73/74 that was extensively damaged during the September flooding, and business has been steady ever since.

“It’s a Christmas miracle,” Megan said Sunday afternoon amid a large crowd during the Broncos game. “The response has been awesome. Everybody’s been smiling.”

It was a nail-biter waiting for the inspections to be complete before opening the bar, she said.

The business, she added, has gone from being a dive bar to a mountain bar, which aptly describes the new décor. The new Cactus Jack’s has wood floors and windows along the front, making the rooms brighter. The deck and a back room still need to be built, and that will be done this spring.

Megan called the flood damage a blessing in disguise.

“We never would have closed our doors to remodel the place,” Megan said. “This made us slow down a bit.”

As he was shaking hands with patrons congratulating him on reopening, Gary added: “I still walk in and don’t believe it.”

The Cactus Jack’s regulars are returning and trying to find their spots now that the bar has relocated.

What’s on the immediate agenda for the couple? Getting ready for Christmas. Gary said they decided not to shop for gifts until the bar reopened.