Colorado Mills restaurant plans to reopen following hail damage

Business owners with stores in the 1 million-square-foot mall said they repeatedly dealt with a leaking roof.

The eastern side of the Colorado Mills mall is inching back to business as usual.

The Yard House, a California-based restaurant chain, is aiming to reopen Aug. 11, director of operations Darcy Coghill said. The restaurant is attached to Target, which was the first store to reopen after golf-ball sized hail punctured the roof.

“If we didn’t change a lot in design, we could open more quickly,” she said.

Before The Yard House could start construction, Coghill said, the restaurant waited until a temporary roof was put on the 1 million-square-foot mall that could be a fixture for 15 years.

The restaurant has a separate entrance from the rest of the mall, which Coghill said was a benefit while assessing damage.

“The water damage is really what was the most devastating,” she said. “We had several inches of water for several days.”

The Yard House received a permit from the city of Lakewood to work on drywall replacement. Coghill said standing water in the store meant the sheet rock had to be removed and replaced. It used Craft Construction Co. as the general contractor.

Coghill did not disclose revenue loss or construction costs, but said the restaurant had insurance and financial support from Darden Restaurants, which owns the chain.

yard house interior

Work continues in the restaurant’s interior to repair water damage. (Yard House)

“It is a sales loss and a huge reconstruction loss,” she said. “We were lucky to have the financial resources behind us to do this.”

After the mall closed, Target quickly replaced the roof on its portion of the building, remaining open. The United Artists movie theater, a free-standing building adjacent to the mall, also stayed open. Jumpstreet, in the same building as the movie theater, also reopened.

The city of Lakewood has begun issuing permits for mall construction, according to spokeswoman Stacie Oulton.

Dick’s Sporting Goods was issued a permit to work on its sprinkler system. The store did not respond to requests for comment. Zumiez was issued a permit for drywall replacement. A representative from the company said it plans on reopening when the Mills does. Both stores are located inside the mall.

A website for Mills employees does not have any updates on construction.

Kate Hudson with Seattle-based Curator PR Firm said in an email statement that anchor tenants with exterior entrances to the Mills will open as soon as possible. A tentative date for the rest of the mall is up in the air.

“We are currently unable to estimate when the entire mall will reopen for business to the public but believe it will be in time for this year’s holiday shopping season,” Hudson said.

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