The owners of the Clubhouse Grill at the DeBell Golf Club have announced they won’t be renewing their contract, and the restaurant will close at the end of the year.
City officials called the development “unfortunate” given that they were just beginning to hash out a shift in the club’s management structure.
But that shift — which will put the club’s director of golf, Scott Scozzola, in charge with the city being less involved — is what prompted the Luceros to change course.
“We don’t think it would work,” said Shelly Lucero, who with her husband, Ray, has operating the grill for 15 years. “We thought it’s time to move on.”
The city is still negotiating a contract with Scozzola to take over operations, which would relieve city officials of day-to-day management responsibilities, which currently range from approving marketing materials and managing capital projects to processing payments and handling complaints.