Manitou’s Ancient Mariner to close

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The Ancient Mariner’s story ends Memorial Day.

After 32 years serving drinks, sandwiches, pizza and local musical talent, the Manitou Springs tavern will close, along with adjacent Marilyn’s Pizza, said owner Anne Stinson.

“I’m tired, and I want to get retired,” said Stinson, who has operated Ancient Mariner and Marilyn’s Pizza for all its 32 years. “I don’t think I can make it through another summer.”

The business and real estate at 960 and 962 Manitou Avenue will be sold to people who have businesses in Winter Park and Breckenridge, she said.

The new owners will continue the property’s tradition as a tavern and pizza parlor, said Stinson’s real estate agent Tim Leigh.

“The investor and partner [have] experience in the industry. They have businesses in the mountain towns and they’re very successful,” Leigh said.

Stinson and Leigh did not reveal the sales price or the names of the buyers. The asking price for the real estate was $650,000.

Leigh represented both Stinson and the buyers, who will close the transaction in early June.

“They love the community and want to be strong community contributors,” Leigh said.

In 1997, she purchased the 2,258-square-foot building for $210,000. The building was built in 1901.