Trapper's Rendezvous, where steaks, seafood and sandwiches were served in a building whose wood beams and stone facade conjured up images of a rustic fur trapper's cabin, has closed on Colorado Springs' northwest side.

The restaurant opened in July 2015 at 5905 Corporate Drive, northwest of Nevada Avenue and Interstate 25. It followed a series of dining establishments that came and went at the same location over several years: the New South Wales Restaurant, the Mason Jar and Zane's Steakhouse.

Trapper's owner Mark Herman declined to comment Monday on the closing, saying, "We're in all kinds of litigation with it." The restaurant shut its doors Dec. 31.

A foreclosure notice was filed Monday against the property, a 6,077-square-foot building constructed in 1993 on 1.4 acres, according to El Paso County Public Trustee's Office records.

Trapper's Rendezvous Property, a limited liability company formed by Herman and listed as the property's owner, has an unpaid loan balance of nearly $1.4 million owed to Central Bank & Trust of Colorado Springs, records show.

Court records also show Trapper's Rendezvous and SIAD Inc., another company headed by Herman, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March 2017. Among their $2.3 million in debts were first and second mortgages totaling $1.5 million owed to Central Bank & Trust for loans made on the restaurant property, records show. After nearly a year, the bankruptcy was dismissed Jan. 19.

Also, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment filed tax liens in February and March of 2017, saying Trapper's Rendezvous owed $13,161.52 in principal and interest because it had failed to pay unemployment insurance premiums a year earlier. Another tax lien of $8,326.27 filed against Trapper's in July 2016 was satisfied four months later.

In addition to its rustic look and feel, the restaurant's amenities included a wooden bar designed to mirror that of an Old West saloon and an in-house barber shop. The restaurant, however, had its modern touches, too, including numerous flat-screen TVs and large windows that offered mountain views.


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