Where did the idea for an indoor miniature golf bar come from?
Old Town Putt was originally planned to be a retail store. Once Dana along with his wife, Nora, moved from Florida to Fort Collins, they fell in love with the area and knew it would be the perfect place to open up shop. The outdoor patio that was connected to the space is what gave Dana the idea to include mini golf in their business plan, shifting the idea from a retail store to an engaging bar-cade. Having to quit his day job to pursue Old Town Putt full time, Dana had to do some convincing to get Nora on board with the idea.
How did frozen drinks become such a huge hit at Old Town Putt?
It wasn’t until Nora returned from a frozen cocktail-filled vacation when she told Dana that if they were going to follow through with this indoor mini golf bar plan, frozen drinks were an absolute must on the menu. Ever since they opened, frozen drinks have been a huge part of Old Town Putt’s identity. Besides the delicious flavors, they often host frozen cocktail challenges which involve customers getting one stamp per frozen drink they purchase, and once they reach 10 stamps, they receive a free t-shirt. The frozen drinks are also heavily promoted on Old Town Putt’s social media pages, as well as on a large banner outside the bar.
What flavors do they sell?
Are the frozen beverage machines profitable yet?
It is safe to say that the machines are beyond profitable at this point. In the month of June, the top three beverages sold at the bar were the Mango Daiquiri, the Watermelon Diablo, and the Electric Peach, outselling every draft beer on the menu. In a given week during peak season, Old Town Putt sells about 750-1,000 frozen drinks, taking up a strong portion of their drink sales.
How did Old Town Putt choose Spaceman?
After conducting thorough research, Dana was drawn to Spaceman USA machines over competitors. He told us that he was searching for a product that could handle high volume, and after speaking with other bar and restaurant owners and reading more about Spaceman, he realized these machines were workhorses and they were just what Old Town Putt needed. In Dana’s words, you get what you pay for, and he would rather invest in a high-quality machine that can keep up with the demand.
Is there anything exciting to look forward to at Old Town Putt?