Kitchen at the Creek offers American fare with a French twist

-A A +A
By Deb Hurley Brobst

The time was right for two friends to open a restaurant together on Main Street in downtown Evergreen.
Kitchen at the Creek has been open for almost two weeks, offering American cuisine with a French influence. The restaurant is open for dinner six days a week, with menu items including seafood, pizza, pasta, steak and chicken ranging in price from $10 to $16. There are also gluten-free and vegetarian menus.

Ron Mulso and John Terczak, who have known each other for years, have collaborated on the restaurant, which is on the east end of downtown Evergreen where Sushi Evergreen used to be. They agree that the time was finally right to open a restaurant.

Mulso is also the owner of Fox Valley Mutual in Bergen Park. His wife, Lisa Marie, is busy at the mortgage company so Mulso can work at the restaurant.

“Our goal is to provide great food and excellent service at a good price,” Mulso said. “That’s what we focus on.”

Terczak, who has lived in Evergreen for two months, has spent his life as a chef.

“I started out with a romantic dream wanting to make dinner for people,” Terczak said. “I’ve been able to hold onto that dream.”

He has spent years working in and owning restaurants, and working in a catering company and at a cooking school. Now, Terczak is going back to what he loves — cooking.

The business partners say they hope people will find the food so good and the prices so reasonable that the restaurant will be busy all the time. Eventually, they hope Kitchen on the Creek will be a destination restaurant, with people driving from Denver to sample the cuisine.

The restaurant is open from 3 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, from 3 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

New downtown store has a lot of Whatever

From the tiniest ceramic frog to the most elaborate antique wood cabinet, Whatever Evergreen has it all.

The store, which opened April 8, is on Main Street on the east end of downtown, where NAPA Auto Parts used to be.

The store was conceived by Jim Campbell and his partner, Shane Alexander. The two go to auctions in the area and buy different lots of items. They refurbish what they can and sell it. Prices of items in the store range from 10 cents to $5,000. Inventory changes weekly.

The store has new or near-new antiques, collectibles, novelties, furniture, sculptures, dishes and paintings. The most unusual items in the store currently are three blue glass heads. It’s a great place to browse, because you never know what you might find, Campbell said.

Campbell decided to open a shop like this after his mom died and he had to go through her possessions. He didn’t want most of the items, and he didn’t know what to do with them. It gave him the idea to start Whatever Evergreen.

The shop does not buy individual items. It also doesn’t sell clothes or shoes.

He says he enjoys restoring and refinishing furniture, so one room eventually will be dedicated to that type of work.

Campbell is happy with his location on Main Street.

“I saw the building, and the location was perfect,” he said. “It’s been a phenomenal amount of work getting the building ready.”

Campbell is a recent transplant from western New York, where he worked in the construction and automotive businesses.

“I told my daughter to research a place for us to move to, and she picked Evergreen,” Campbell said. “I was here a day, and I fell in love.”

They have worked hard to ready the store for opening. “It’s been a ride so far,” he said.

The store is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday. It’s closed on Monday.

Sports consignment store opens in Bergen Park

It’s expensive to replace worn-out athletic gear or to buy bigger items as kids grow out of the equipment they have. Sometimes our enthusiasm for a particular sport wanes, and we’re left with equipment we don’t need.

That’s where Replays Sports Exchange comes in. The store, in the Marketplace at Bergen Park, is a sports consignment shop that sells new and gently used items. Name your sport, and you can find something in Replays.

From ping pong and lawn games to football and mountain biking, Replays has a bit of everything, and that’s the way owner Monica Ortega likes it.

People who bring in items split the sale 50-50 with the shop. Ortega said she keeps the item for 90 days, and if it doesn’t sell, the owner has the option of picking it up or donating it to charity.

She also carries some new clothing such as Rockies or Nuggets shirts, which are sold at a discount.

“Even though the economy is in the state it’s in, I don’t think consignment and discount stores are a fad,” Ortega said.

Ortega said she wants to help people looking for specific items. She has a wish list on her website, and she will contact someone if the item comes in.

“It’s all about customer service,” Ortega said.

Replays is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Find Replays on the web at www.replaysportsxchange.com or call 303-223-7998.

Have tips about businesses in Evergreen? Contact Evergreen resident Deb Hurley Brobst at deb@evergreenco.com.