Reginald D. Gray, Resort Development Group
COLORADO FOODSERVICE HALL OF FAME 2015
Before he was out of high school, Reggie worked in his father’s restaurant, The Horseshoe, in Trenton, NJ learning the restaurant business from dishwasher on up. After moving to Breckenridge in 1974, he has opened many restaurants and supported many others and has become a staple in the community. Reggie has created many happy memories for visitors and locals in Breckenridge and is proud that he can help educate guests about Colorado history, mentor employees about the restaurant business, and grateful to give back to the community that he has called home for over 40 years.
“The better you feel about yourself the easier it is to give back to others.” Reginald (Reggie) D. Gray has lived by his motto since graduating from The Hotel School at Cornell in 1973. Reggie credits his experience at Cornell as his foundation to a very successful career in the restaurant business. He stated that “It wasn’t just the education that influenced my accomplishments, but the self-confidence developed with my years at Cornell which affects every aspect of my life.” This certainly hasn’t changed.
While at Cornell he was a manager at the Statler Hotel in Ithaca, NY and was an appointed board of director at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. Upon graduation, Reggie was handpicked by Kemmons Wilson, founder of the Holiday Inn chain, to open and run the Wimbledon Racquet Club of Memphis, TN.
Reggie moved to Breckenridge in 1974 to manage The Maggie at the base of Peak 9 and Andrea’s Restaurant. Though a successful manager, he had his sights set on being his own boss. In 1978 he purchased The Greenhouse Restaurant in Breckenridge and renamed it the Horseshoe II honoring the memory of his father. The Horseshoe II remained in business for almost 30 years until he decided it was time to concentrate on semi-retiring. In 1982 Reggie purchased the Adams Street Bar and, after an extensive renovation, turned it into the Adams Street Grill. The restaurant was the founding sponsor of the Great Rubber Duck Race, which still exists today supporting The Summit Foundation. Reggie is majority owner of the Gold Pan Saloon, founded in 1879, which he bought in 1987 and is one of the oldest saloons in Breckenridge. He has preserved the history of the Gold Pan in many ways; including maintaining the original antique Brunswick back bar and historic swinging saloon doors.
Reggie did venture out of Breckenridge with Paul LoNigro to open What’s Up in Boulder, CO in 1975. Additionally, the new gaming industry appealed to him and he opened The Lucky Star Casino in Black Hawk, CO in 1992. Reggie’s investments spilled over into property management and, as a landlord, he has sustained various Colorado restaurants in Steamboat Springs such as Backcountry Provisions, Noodles & More, Steaming Bean and, most recently, The Barley-Colorado Craft & Draft.
Reggie is a member of the Colorado Restaurant Association and supports the local Breckenridge Restaurant Association chapter.