By Jim Bloch
Given the unpredictable nature of the novel coronavirus pandemic, it’s anybody’s guess when the city-owned Marysville Golf Course will reopen to the public.
But when it does, golfers will be able to enjoy the barbecued sandwiches and other fare offered by the Crossfire Grill.
At its regular meeting on March 9, the Marysville City Council unanimously approved a two-year extension of lease with Crossfire Grill LLC, including an increase of $150 per month to $600.
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“In 2019, Crossfire Grill paid six payments of $450 per month starting in May and ending in October,” said Brian Lents, superintendent of greens, in a March 1 departmental communication to City Manager Randy Fernandez and finance director Mike Booth.
“Brian, do we usually do two year leases?” asked council member Paul Wessel.
“No,” said Lentz. But with the increase in the lease payment from $450 to $600 per month, Lentz said it was fair to extend the contract by a year. “Active Sportswear is on a two-year contract.”
Active Sportswear stocks shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, golf balls, tees and golf gloves in the pro shop and pays the city 18 percent of its sales.
“Chris and Holly Mader, they’re the ones who own Crossfire Grill, they do a fantastic job in food concessions,” said Lentz. “They’ve been here for the past five years.”
Golfers can look forward to new menu items.
“They’re going to have French fries,” said Lentz. “They’re going to have different types of salads. They’re going to have chili and chili dogs, club sandwiches, and they’re going to work on specials for each day of the week. The big one, my favorite, is they’re going to have a steak night. Now, whether that’s going to be once a week or biweekly, we haven’t figured that out yet. But I think that’s a great idea.”
“The Maders have done an excellent job down there,” said Mayor Pro Tem Kathy Hayman. “They’ll do whatever is necessary to meet your needs, whether it’s a party, a funeral, serving lunch to local businesses. They’re willing to do anything. So I’m just excited that they have the enthusiasm they do.”
The final vote was 6-0 to approve the contract.
Council member Dave Barber was absent.