The Hub which is a wine and beer bar/restaurant with full service bike repair/parts is open from the beginning of May thru the end of October,it is located on 250+/-acres at the base of Bartonville Mt. Right now there are about 4miles of finished trail, it is easy to get a 7 mile ride in by doing them in both directions and they are a hoot either way. As T Batt's article says it is a 400+ foot climb in the first mile to get to the top. Well designed climb but not beginner friendly. The potential for more trail is extensive, more will be built over the years. And yes the trails are free and open to the public.
I'd be interested to see how The Hub does as a business.
I've had the idea many times about opening a bar/restaurant at an old ski area and building it in to mountain bike trail center. Possibly even running a lift on the weekends. I've never run the numbers, but I was rather doubtful one could make the investment of building the trails pay off seen as how there is so much free stuff to ride.
Obviously those places didn't work out financially as ski resorts, but the bike season is much longer and requires less capital to run during the season. Perhaps this is the new business model we will see pop up in small towns.
I'm also interested in those questions and how they are doing. I'm talking with the owners now about doing an interview. If you have questions you'd like to pose, drop them here and I'll try to incorporate them.
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp