August 21, 2013 Updated: August 22, 2013 at 1:23 pm
UPDATE: Adam's Mountain Cafe said Thursday is has to push the date of its reopening to Aug. 29 - two days later than was originally reported. The story below reflects this change.
Adam's Mountain Cafe plans to reopen Aug. 29 in the same spacewhere a flood that roared through Manitou Springs 2 1/2 weeks ago filled the popular restaurant with water and mud.
But owner Farley McDonough said she eventually hopes to move the eatery to a less flood-prone location in the town.
The restaurant has been closed since Aug. 9, when up to 3 feet of water and mud flowed down from Williams Canyon to Canon Avenue and into the Manitou Spa building, which houses Adam's and several other businesses.
McDonough estimates the closure will cost Adam's about $160,000 in revenue that cannot be recovered. Fundraisers are planned Thursday and Sunday to help McDonough pay employees and creditors such as lenders, insurers and tax agencies until the restaurant reopens and begins generating revenue.
"August is our second-busiest month of the year, so there is no way to recoup the lost revenue because we are going into the off-season," McDonough said. "We depend on business in the summer months to keep us going through the winter. We couldn't survive another summer like this. It is too much to ask."
ADAM'S MOUNTAIN CAFE FUNDRAISERS
• The Margarita at PineCreek will host a fundraiser Thursday that is sold out.
• The Garden of the Gods Trading Post, 324 Beckers Lane, will host a fundraiser 2-5 p.m. Sunday.
McDonough plans to recall employees soon to help her finish cleaning up the restaurant, move furniture out of storage back into Adam's and get ready to reopen. Much of the cleanup has been completed, she said, and repairs to walls and the rest of the building are underway.
But her goal is to relocate. The restaurant's lease on its current location expires April 30, but she said a move could happen before that.
"We love the spa. The location is beautiful and you couldn't pick a better location for foot traffic, but we want to move where we won't have to cope with this again," she said. It just isn't feasible to risk losing our second-biggest month.
No matter where she moves Adam's, it will be within Manitou's borders.
"Manitou Springs has supported us for 28 years, and after what the community, our customers and others did to help us clean up after the flood, it would be a slap in the face to them for us to move out of Manitou."
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