Flood-hit Manitou eateries yet to re-open 

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The wettest bars

Not to downplay any of the other damage done by last Friday's flood in Manitou Springs, but as the devastation pertains specifically to restaurant entities, we know of three that took the brunt.

Shortly before the big wave came, Adam's Mountain Café (934 Manitou Ave., adamsmountain.com) staff evacuated customers to safety across Manitou Avenue. Then they grabbed what they could — including two bottles of wine, like "good restaurant folk ya know," joked a later café Facebook post — and fled to the spa building's second floor.

Adam's owner Farley McDonough, who spoke amid the destruction with a much more serious demeanor Saturday morning, estimated that her space took on around 30 inches of water, which left behind about 10 inches of "thick, heavy mud." Thankfully, hundreds of volunteers hit town throughout the weekend to help businesses dig out.

"This is exactly what I expected," she said. "I didn't know if it was going to happen this year, I didn't know if it was gonna happen this month, but I knew that this is what it would look like when it did ...

"We absolutely have to move. There's no way we can continue doing this for the next several years."

She said she couldn't afford flood insurance, with outrageous rate quotes likely reflecting how Adam's is 11 feet under the floodplain at the confluence of four waterways that "literally flow into the dining room."

Her nearly 50 employees will likely be out of work for many weeks, with Adam's losing $80,000 in revenue as a low-end estimate.

The dining room needs new drywall, while appliances must be replaced in the building's mechanical room before El Paso County Public Health can green-light a reopening.

"We are determined to reopen at some point in some way," she assures.

Until that time, TAPAteria/Pizzeria Rustica owner Dave Brackett has generously offered free dining for the entire Adam's staff at his eateries, while the Margarita at PineCreek crew has offered their patio for fundraising.

In Adam's former space down the street, Good Karma Coffee Lounge & Deli (110 Cañon Ave., goodkarmacoffeelounge.com) saw its dining room spared thanks to sandbags six deep, though six feet of mud in the basement knocked out all appliances. Co-owner Kelly Myers, whose car was swept down Lovers Lane and totaled, says she hopes to reopen later this week.

Tracy Fagner, owner of D'Vine Wine (934 Manitou Ave., winerymsprings.com), expects to be closed for up to three weeks, having taken on about eight inches of water that destroyed the cabinetry and decor of her tasting room. She was fortunate to not lose her wine inventory, which was protected by the heavy glass carboys in which it was maturing. Though she anticipates losing $20,000 in revenue during her closure, which isn't covered by her flood insurance, she has no intention of moving her business, which sits a few crucial feet higher than Adam's.


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