Back Bowl opens second location in Fraser to serve locals |

Back Bowl opens second location in Fraser to serve locals

Manager Mark Stump at the new Fraser location of Back Bowl. Currently, the Fraser location has a limited menu, but owner Jodi Johnson plans to expand the offerings this winter.
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For almost a decade, visitors and locals alike have warmed up by a bowl of soup or a thick sandwich after an afternoon skiing or snowboarding at the Back Bowl Bistro located in the Winter Park Resort Village.

Thanks to the success of that location, Back Bowl has opened a new spot in Fraser inside the Shell convenience store on Eisenhower Drive.

Owner Jodi Johnson said they opened the second location to make it easier for locals to access and have a grab and go option available. They opened the Fraser location Sept. 1.

“We’ve noticed that it’s tough for locals, because a lot of locals don’t get up (to the resort) at all, so we really wanted to have a more convenient location for people to come and get our awesome food,” Johnson said.

Johnson said they were approached by the owners of the gas station and convenience store earlier this year and decided the space would be perfect because of its centralized location.

“This is going be more of (a grab and go) concept where you know you can just run in and get something fresh and delicious quickly,” Johnson said. “It’s a lot more local business so we’re excited to have a face in Fraser.”

Back Bowl 2, as the new location is fondly called, offers breakfast, including burritos, sandwiches and a breakfast bowl from 6 to 11 a.m. and then lunch consists of soup and cold sandwich options with a daily soup special.

With a menu dedicated to fresh ingredients and homemade soups, Johnson said their focus on making everything from scratch helps the restaurant stand out.

Manager Mark Stump, who is working at the Fraser location, said people often come in for breakfast, but the soups are the most popular choice.

“We’re really trying to make it a place for locals to get some good eat and grub,” Stump said. “Honestly, it’s the soups that really drive it home. I love almost all of our soups and we’re always trying to find new recipes and things to throw out there.”

Stump has enjoyed working at the new location because of the interactions he gets to have with customers.

“We like to take requests, so I had a gentleman in the other day who really wanted a loaded baked potato, so tomorrow I’m making him a loaded baked potato soup so he can get his fix,” he said. “We’re trying to cater more to locals and offer lots of deals on sandwiches, burritos and breakfast.”

Right now, the Fraser location is offering an abbreviated menu, but as more people take advantage of the new location, Johnson said they are planning to serve the full menu this winter, which means that favorites like the yeti sandwich and the never summer sandwich will be available.

Currently, the location is open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day, but plans to expand the hours into the evening until 7 p.m. every day starting Oct. 10.

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