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Colorado City Resident, Kevin Swensen, Purchases Restaurant in Walsenburg
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Jamie, Hailey, Hunter and Kevin Swensen.
 
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Kevin Swensen and his wife, Jamie, and children, Hunter and Hailey, have lived in Colorado City and been members of our community for over ten years. Kevin has been a cook at Max’s for nine years and has been in the restaurant business for over 25 years. Kevin’s experience is not only in the kitchen but ranges from construction and maintenance to management experience. He previously ran the restaurant at the Pueblo West Inn.

Recently Kevin began thinking that it is never too late in life to change careers and pursue your dreams. He began discreetly looking for a commercial investment opportunity. He contacted a realtor and began his search in the Walsenburg to Trinidad area. Kevin found the perfect place to fulfill his dream of owning his own restaurant and purchased the Busy Bee Café & Malt Shop located at 902 W. 7th Street in Walsenburg, CO. The Busy Bee was formerly known as the Huerfano Café. The Busy Bee had been totally revamped and remodeled the year before it was opened and had a new kitchen and was decorated in the 1950’s style with black and white tile floors, 45 rpm records on the wall and a picture of Elvis.

Do you believe in fate, luck or a higher power? Kevin does! The Busy Bee had previously opened on December 7th; the day that Kevin was born – December 7, 1959. A sign from the universe that this was meant to be! This was not the first time that Kevin had been blessed by a higher power or fate. In 1982 Kevin was on a scaffold painting a bank building and fell 48 feet fracturing his neck and he is alive and well today to tell that story. Kevin listened to his gut and the purchase of the Busy Bee was completed.

Kevin’s new restaurant will be called the H & H Café, after Kevin’s children, Hunter and Hailey. The Grand Opening will be this Friday, February 21, 2020. H & H Café’s initial business hours will be from 7:00 am til 3:00 pm daily. Kevin will be expanding the hours after school is out to 7:00 am til 7:00 pm with the possibility of longer hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as summer and tourist season arrives. H & H Café will be serving breakfast and lunch and will also have an ice cream parlor for shakes, malts and ice cream cones. Lawrence Torrez will be the chef, along with Kevin, and three waitresses have been hired. Kevin’s wife, Jamie, will assume the preliminary bookkeeping and office manager responsibilities. Kevin’s Father, Severin Swensen, has flown in from Florida to assist in his son’s new venture by offering advice and assistance in preparing the restaurant for opening. Mr. Swensen, Sr. is looking forward to returning to sunny Florida at the beginning of this week before another Colorado snow storm hits.

As I was interviewing the Swensens, at least a dozen people came in the restaurant inquiring if they were open yet. A very good sign that H & H Café will be a success. Next Saturday after my grandson’s basketball game, we will be heading to Walsenburg for a hamburger and chocolate malt. I hope to see you there!


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