Phil Castle, The Business Times
Laurie Hammond believes the food, service and atmosphere that have made a Grand Junction restaurant a popular venue for nearly 30 years also will attract patrons to a second location for the family operation.
While the newly opened Loree’s restaurant in downtown Grand Junction won’t be identical to Garfield’s, Hammond said customers can be expect the same fresh seafood, steaks and other fare served in a similarly upscale atmosphere.
Hammond handles marketing for her mother, Sue Hammond, who owns Garfield’s and now Loree’s.
Loree’s opened at 336 Main St. in a space formerly occupied Dolce Vita. The Italian restaurant closed in December after 16 years as mainstay on Main Street.
Laurie Hammond said her mother decided to open the restaurant in part to bring the Garfield’s experience to a downtown location.
Sue Hammond purchased Garfield’s last May after working there since the restaurant opened in 1986.
The space that used to house Dolce Vita was upgraded with new paint and carpeting as well as hardwood flooring around the bar, Laurie Hammond said
Loree’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant offers seating for more than 100, including tables outdoors along Main Street and inside an atrium that can accommodate parties and other events.
Lunch at Loree’s offers a casual setting, Hammond said, with a menu that features fish, pasta, salads, sandwiches and a build-a-burger option.
For those in a hurry, a 20-minute lunch menu available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. includes french dip, lobster salad and philly cheese steak sandwiches as well as spicy fish tacos.
Dinner offers a more upscale experience with fresh seafood and steaks, Hammond said. Like Garfield’s, Loree’s will offer a choice of various preparation techniques for seafood, she said.
Loree’s also will offer two important attributes of a successful restaurant, Hammond said: consistently good food and service.
At the same time, though, Hammond said she hopes Loree’s will build on the family operation by filling downtown niche that caters to people staying at nearby hotels and attending events.