BizBeat: Morrison eats and Evergreen sips

Foothills get new restaurant and tea shop

Olivia Jewell Love
Posted 7/24/22

Featuring The Hungry Goat and Jewel's Mountain Tea

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BizBeat: Morrison eats and Evergreen sips

Foothills get new restaurant and tea shop


The Hungry Goat

A new scratch kitchen has opened in downtown Morrison, and its owners are excited to share unique tastes with the town. 

Krista Gaasvig owns The Hungry Goat along with Virgilio Urbano and Roy Benningfield, who is also the chef. Benningfield has been in kitchens for 25 years and has the experience to create great eats. 

Gaasvig, a level one sommelier, is excited to share the restaurant’s vision with the town.

“We love the town of Morrison, such a fun place, such great people,” she said. 

The restaurant currently offers 30 wines, with around 15 by the glass. The chef makes everything from scratch and loves to use locally sourced produce and simple ingredients.

“Everything that he makes is 100% from scratch, no shortcuts,” Gaasvig said. 

The restaurant features a newly built patio, which can seat around 35 guests. The building itself is a part of the historic overlay district in Morrison, which means the owners have been keeping most historic features of the building the same as they’ve been setting up the restaurant. 

“I found a penny from 1897 in the basement,” Gaasvig said. 

Jewel's Mountain Tea

Calling all tea lovers: a new tea shop is opening in August in downtown Evergreen.

Jewel’s Mountain Tea, right next door to Go Paint! will be open Aug. 6, the weekend of the Duck Derby. Owners of Go Paint!, mother daughter duo Aysha and Julie Diril recently got the idea to open a tea shop next to their pottery painting studio. Julie said the idea came from a lack of tea shops in the area. 

“There are no tea shops in Evergreen,” she said.

Julie also said the idea came from the thought that it would be nice to have something to sip on while painting pottery. 

In August, the shop plans to open its retail operations, carrying a variety of teas, teapots and cups, honey and more. The owners hope by mid-November to open the shop for tea service, like high tea and tea parties. 

Right now, the duo is deciding what to stock the shelves with, and they want to hear what kinds of tea people like to drink.

“We’re really looking for Evergreen to tell us what they like,” Julie said. 

The shop welcomes input on its Facebook page, Jewel’s Mountain Tea.


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