Thumb space vacant |

Thumb space vacant

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

The owners of the Broken Thumb have moved the restaurant out of its former location at the Racquet Club, leaving the space "pretty much vacant," according to Ken Fisher, who manages recreation services for City Hall.

City officials in January ordered the restaurant out of the Racquet Club after it fell behind on rent payments. Park City Manager Tom Bakaly at the time said the restaurant owed $18,000 in back rent.

City Hall is now considering options for the Broken Thumb space, but a decision likely will not be made for some time. Officials are preparing for a major renovation of the city-owned Racquet Club, and decisions about the space will be made as the broader plans are formalized, Fisher says.

Fisher says it will not be occupied in the near future.

"I think it will just stay empty for the short term," Fisher says.

He acknowledges some people who use the Racquet Club prefer there being a restaurant-bar like the Broken Thumb, but he says there has been a "handful, at the most" of complaints since the closure.

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Fisher says it is important for a restaurant-bar to reopen in the Racquet Club once the renovation is done. He says people in Park Meadows like having a neighborhood restaurant like the Broken Thumb.

"I think it could be a great working relationship between the right person and the Racquet Club . . . I think it’s a big opportunity," he says.

Fisher says a restaurant operated in the Racquet Club since City Hall bought the facility about 20 years ago.

"People are used to the service, having that amenity," he says.

But, he predicts, if the renovation plans call for either a restaurant-bar or more fitness space, Parkites will want more space to work out.

Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council on Thursday are scheduled to discuss the Racquet Club’s future. The meeting is slated for 3 p.m., and the talk about the Racquet Club is tentatively scheduled for 3:50 p.m.