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Dean Public House, Dean West best of the west

Chef Ian Goodrich searing some shishito peppers for an appetizer. The Dean West strives to make dishes from scratch and with as many local ingredients as possible.
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​​For the second year in a row, both of Jon Harvey’s restaurants — The Dean Public House and The Dean West — have been named the first and third best places to dine in the Kremmling, Hot Sulphur Springs and Parshall area.

Though the two restaurants have different menus and atmospheres, Harvey said he always shoots for quality and consistency at both locations.

“It’s pretty sweet to be recognized,” he said. “We’re on the side with the smaller population, so it means a lot to be able to get these accolades.”



First opened in 2017, Harvey calls The Dean Public House his brainchild. The restaurant menu features a new list of tapas each week, which allows Harvey to get creative and experimental.

“We wanted a good community place to hang out, so that’s where we came up with the public house idea with the 13 foot long tables, where people sit together … with easy, shareable plates,” he said.



When Harvey opened The Dean West in partnership with Blue Valley Spirits and Grand Adventures Brewing in 2019, he had different ideas for Colorado’s first-ever brewstillery while still maintaining the level of food and service.

“This just screamed pub to me,” Harvey said. “So we’re doing really good, high-quality pub food.”

Colorado’s first-ever brewstillery, featuring food and drinks from The Dean West, beer from Grand Adventures Brewing and liquor from Blue Valley Spirits, has claimed a top three spot for best restaurant in the Kremmling, Parshall and Hot Sulphur areas for two years running.
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Everything from the kitchens, with the exception of the bread, is made from scratch with as many local ingredients as possible. The Dean West gets its beef from Battle Creek Ranch in Parshall and also likes to buy from the 4-H Junior Livestock Sale. This year, Harvey bought a lamb and a pig to turn into specialties.

“Trying to do everything from scratch is the best thing we try to strive for because that way we know exactly what’s in it,” he said. “We pair up with a lot of local ranches to make sure we’re providing a good level of quality in the food.”

Sharing a space with a distiller and a brewer also gives The Dean West one of the more unique drink menus in Grand County, featuring craft cocktails, local beer and wine options.

Quality doesn’t stop with the food and drinks at The Dean West, with Harvey noting his team gives exceptional service.

Building that community space and getting to know his customers are a few of Harvey’s favorite parts of the job. The Dean West hosts First Fridays each month, while The Dean Public House will partner with local nonprofits to host Third Thursday fundraisers on a monthly basis.

Harvey said he’s always looking to hear from new nonprofits for the events, even though The Dean Public House is temporarily closed because of staffing issues.

“I like being able to have that camaraderie with your customers and being able to see how their day is going and serving them something good that puts a smile on their face,” he said.

In the meantime, The Dean West is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, as well as 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

 


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