• Fledgling brewpub changes name to Lariat Lodge

    Fireweed Brewing has changed its name to Lariat Lodge because of a potential trademark conflict.

    The brewpub isn't open for business yet, but it's expected to open in September in the former Evergreen Conference Center with about 100 seats. 

  • El Rancho Restaurant to become brewpub

    El Rancho Restaurant has a new owner and a new future — as a brewpub.

    The Vincent family — three Vincent brothers and their spouses — bought the iconic property on Interstate 70 on May 4 for $1.2 million, according to Jefferson County clerk and recorder records.

    The group plans a multimillion-dollar renovation, including a complete overhaul inside, and new brewing equipment, said Bob Vincent, who lives in Hiwan Hills with wife Laurie Vincent and their children.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Home tour will showcase luxury properties in Evergreen

    If you've ever wanted to tour some of the luxury homes in Evergreen, there will be an opportunity on May 31.

    The first Parade of Luxury Homes Evergreen will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. that day, and you will be able to visit eight homes for sale on Upper Bear Creek Road, Squaw Pass and in Soda Creek, greeted by interior designers, artists, brokers, wealth managers, Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce members and neighbors. Each home is worth between $2.5 million and $7 million.

  • Hays officially takes helm of Evergreen chamber

    After serving as interim president for the past two months, Betsy Hays is officially at the helm of the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce.

    Last week the chamber’s board of directors selected Hays from a number of candidates for the full-time position, which includes responsibilities as CEO for the organization.

    In her leadership role Hays says she is focusing on serving chamber members and promoting Evergreen businesses.

  • Recycling center continues operation in Bergen Park

    Evergreen resident Bill Sandifer is happy that the recycling center behind the Bergen Park King Soopers is still open. 

    “It’s important to the community,” he said.

    When Sandifer recently went to the facility with a load of recyclable items, he saw a closed sign at the entrance. Later, he called Waste Management about the recycling center, and a representative told him it had closed permanently.

  • Detour a bust for some businesses; others get more exposure

    The detour around Evergreen Lake is getting mixed reviews from the businesses affected most — those on Meadow Drive and those off Upper Bear Creek Road.

    For businesses along Meadow Drive, the detour means hundreds of motorists seeing what they have to offer, and business owners say that while those cars may not be stopping now, they hope to see new customers when traffic returns to normal.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: High Country Pizza is all about the pie

    It’s a good thing the owners of the new pizzeria in Kittredge really like pizza.

    They say they eat pizza all the time, mostly at their Colorado High Country Pizza restaurant, but sometimes when co-owner Steve Abbott goes home after a long day of throwing pizza dough, slathering on sauce, sprinkling the cheese and adding the toppings, he orders out pizza.

    Now that’s pizza dedication.

  • Indian Hills eatery is pro-pasta

    Indian Hills’ latest restaurateurs believe in the transcendent power of macaroni.

    Which makes sense, because their new eatery on Parmalee Gulch Road has been dubbed Mac Nation Café.

    The philosophy at Mac Nation is simple: Everybody loves macaroni.

    “You can hit everybody’s palate with it and warm their soul,” said chef Anthony Saxon.

    The restaurant, which features squashy couches and bright colors, will open for business April 1.

  • Betty Casserole offers hot dishes delivered to your door

    Are you in the mood for a casserole for dinner, one you don’t have to fix yourself?

    Then you may want to consider Betty Casserole. 

    It’s a new service based in Kittredge that delivers a casserole to your door — either hot and ready for the dinner table or cold but ready to be warmed up later.

    While the concept and even the name sound like something out of a “Leave It to Beaver” television script, this business is more than that.

  • Developer envisions retail-condo complex in Bergen Park

    Real estate developer Dave Wilson has a vision for a new $15 million to $20 million shopping and condo complex he wants to build in Bergen Park.

    Wilson wants to redevelop a slightly more than 10-acre parcel that includes the former BMC lumber yard east of the Evergreen Mercantile building at 1232 Bergen Parkway. It also includes the Wild Game Rendezvous Tap & Kitchen entertainment complex and a former U.S. Postal Service substation that's currently empty.