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The Peak to focus on quality casual dining, craft beer

Hank Shell
hshell@skyhidailynews.com

Though the book has officially closed on The Library in downtown Winter Park, the space's new owners say their venture will maintain its casual dining atmosphere and focus on craft beer.

Joanne Shatford-Adams and her husband Sam Adams held their grand opening for The Peak Bistro and Brewery last weekend.

The couple has spent the last nine years working China and Japan, though they've made time to return to their home in Innsbruck in Granby, which they've owned for six years, Shatford-Adams said.

Prior to that, the two owned a deli and catering company.

As restaurateurs, they were attracted to The Library's concept.

"We really liked the concept of the microbrewery and the casual dining," Shatford-Adams said. "We felt like that was different than any other place in Grand County with the inclusion of the microbrewery and the food, so we're really excited to be able to work with that concept."

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The Peak's menu will retain a lot of the crowd favorites found at The Library, but patrons can expect the menu size to shrink slightly as the establishment focuses more on a quality-driven carte, Shatford-Adams said.

The Peak will offer Panini sandwiches, homemade soups and desserts and scratch-made pizzas, among other things.

Diners can also expect to see more quality ingredients on the menu like Colorado-raised beef, Shatford-Adams said.

As at The Library, The Peak will serve lunch and dinner as well as a modified late night menu.

On the brewing side, The Peak will retain Head Brewmaster Tom Caldwell to oversee brewing operations.

The Peak purchased the rights to make the same popular styles of beer offered at The Library, Shatford-Adams said.

Some will be given more local names like the Elk Bugle ESB or the Idlewild APA.

Caldwell will also be concocting some seasonal brews, including a coffee stout that was just finished.

"I think in the distant future were looking at expanding the brewing operation potentially to distributing," Shatford-Adams said.

The Peak's owners are planning to host a home brewer's contest in the future.

The winner will get to brew and serve a batch of their beer at The Peak.

They'll be hosting a Halloween party at the end of the month.

The two are also looking forward to being very involved in the community, Shatford-Adams said.

"We're returning to Grand County, and we're really excited to have this opportunity to work here full time," she said.

Hank Shell can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610.

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