Glenwood deli courts volleyball set |

Glenwood deli courts volleyball set

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler/Post IndependentWith volleyball in hand, Robert Fishman, owner of Chomp's Deli, stands on a recently completed beach volleyball court behind the restaurant. Fishman used a grant from the city of Glenwood Springs to help build the court.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Robert Fishman saw an opportunity and took it.

He responded to an ad or e-mail about tourism promotion grants from the city of Glenwood Springs and received about $2,200, he said.

He’s put flower pots in front of Chomp’s Deli along Highway 6, bought a new barbecue grill and constructed an outdoor sand volleyball court behind the deli. The court has its own seating and connects with an outdoor seating area alongside the restaurant. He also plans to put in trees to go with the flowers in front of the deli to make the area more aesthetically pleasing.

He said he has a liquor license for beer and wine that covers the court area behind the deli. He’s ordered a refrigerator for beer kegs to put near the court, he said, but he needs to check with the city to make sure that won’t violate his liquor license.

Fishman plans an inaugural beach party for July 27. He envisions volleyball, barbecue, beer, horseshoes and lots of fun. He plans to then host a similar “barbecue play day” every Friday through the summer. And he’s considering starting a volleyball tournament.

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“I love to play volleyball, but I’d also like it to attract some business,” he said.

But beyond that, he said, the efforts should add to the overall appeal of the city for tourists and locals alike by making the place look better and providing another activity at a place with great food.

The tourism promotion grants are meant to go toward events to draw visitors to Glenwood, increase the aesthetic experience of visitors or go toward improvements that attract visitors.

“I’m not building a tram, I’m not building a whitewater park,” he said. “But good local shops ” I think keeping that local feel is a huge part of that.”

Fishman said he and Eric Nieslanik opened the deli about three years ago. They then both taught at Roaring Fork High School and hatched the plan over talks on lunch breaks. Fishman said he had seen the need for a good, local sandwich shop in town. Plus, he had experience.

“I’d actually helped my buddy with a sandwich shop in Boulder, and that’s how I put myself through college,” he said.

It wasn’t immediately clear who else has received similar grants from the city this year. City employees couldn’t be reached Friday for more information.

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