Dick’s Hickory Dock in Kittredge has a new owner and is getting a new moniker.
The barbecue restaurant should be open by May and will be called Switchback Smokehouse, according to its new owner Darryl Swarts.
The restaurant on Highway 74 had sat vacant for several years before David Mot purchased it and opened for the summer seasons in 2010 and 2011. Mot sold the restaurant due to health issues.
This is Swarts’ first venture as a restaurant owner, though he has worked in restaurants in the past. He’s planning to keep the barbecue theme that has been a staple of the location for years.
“There are so many different ways to take a cut of meat and make some great dishes out of it,” Swarts said. “In the end, our bread and butter is going to be barbecue ribs, brisket and pulled pork.”
He plans to keep the menu small and try new things. If a dish works, it will stay on the menu permanently.
He also plans to keep the restaurant open year-round for lunch and dinner, and will do some of the cooking himself.
The name change, he said, was because he thought Switchback Smokehouse described the restaurant’s location and its menu.
He said he knew the location was perfect for him the minute he saw it, and he will be very visible running the operation.
“This is my baby,” Swarts said. “You’ll find me everywhere in the restaurant, so it shouldn’t be too hard to spot me.”
Kittredge General Store adds burritos, tacos
Breakfast burritos and Taco Tuesdays now are on the menu at the Kittredge General Store.
The store now sports a small kitchen where owner Brian Anderson works his magic daily, making burritos from fresh ingredients. In the month since he started selling burritos, business has grown to about 400 a week.
Some burritos are kept warm for an on-the-go breakfast; others are in the cooler for a later meal.
The Taco Tuesdays menu includes chicken, carne asada, fish and veggie soft tacos.
Anderson, who has lived in Kittredge for nearly 20 years, uses his own recipes for the burritos and tacos, saying that he really enjoys cooking, especially Mexican food.
The store is at 26300 Hill Top Drive in Kittredge. To place an order, call 303-674-1804.
New auto repair shop on Bryant Drive
Evergreen has another automotive repair shop, owned by Bill Tiedeman, who considers himself pretty close to an Evergreen native.
Tiedeman, who moved here when he was 6, has been working on cars for the last 14 years, most recently at Olde’s Garage. Then the opportunity arose to open a place of his own, and he opened Rocky Mountain Garage.
“This is the first time I’ve owned my own place,” Tiedeman said of his shop at 30746 Bryant Drive. He has room for four vehicles and wants to specialize in working on SUVs, pickups and four-by-fours.
Since opening on Oct. 24, he is continuing to add more services.
For more information, call 303-670-3322.
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