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Tuscany Tavern celebrating 10 years in Evergreen

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

A popular North Evergreen restaurant has celebrated its 10-year milestone, and its owners are happy to be part of the Evergreen community.

“I love the restaurant business,” said Tuscany Tavern owner Rick Egloff. “I love the people. The restaurant venue has come to be a community.”

The restaurant opened on Aug. 28, 2000, offering moderately priced Italian fare. Egloff wanted it to be a place where families could come to celebrate special occasions and for people to just get a good meal.

The 3,000-square-foot restaurant on Evergreen Parkway is in the shopping center next to the Buchanan Park Recreation Center.

Tuscany Tavern was Egloff’s second restaurant venture in Evergreen. He and a partner were the original owners of Evergreen’s Sports Grill, which opened in 1996. Egloff decided to put his entire focus into the Tuscany Tavern in 2001.

Now Egloff and his wife, real estate agent Peg Schroeder, talk about the restaurant like it is their home and the employees and customers like they are family. And it’s true.

He equates Tuscany Tavern with being like an old-time family-owned Italian restaurant.

Several staff members have been at the restaurant since it opened. Customers bring tiles to the restaurant from their travels, and the tiles have become part of the restaurant’s décor.

“Evergreen is still so about family up here,” Egloff said. “Up here it’s a community. We feel fortunate to have that here.”

Egloff tries to give back to the community, helping out nonprofits and schools when he can. The restaurant, for example, feeds the artists for the summer Evergreen Arts Festival, which is held across the street on the baseball fields.

“He pays it forward every day,” said Schroeder. “He does something for everyone. I love that part of the business.”

Egloff continued: “It’s not lost on Peg or me what our role is in the community and what our commitment is to the community. We take that responsibility really seriously.”

The restaurant’s party room has always been a big hit with customers, from sports teams to homeowner associations, business meetings to birthday parties. The room has served Evergreen well, Egloff said.

Egloff says he loves being at the restaurant and talking with customers.

“It wouldn’t be fun to own (a chain restaurant),” Egloff said. “It’s not about the restaurant itself. It’s about the community. It’s a symbiotic relationship.”

Contact Deb Hurley Brobst at deb@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1041. Check www.CanyonCourier.com for updates.