Moo Moo’s: a taste of the season |

Moo Moo’s: a taste of the season

Lance Maggart
Jorge Varela, kneeling, poses for a quick picture in front of his new restaurant Moo Moo's along with his three daughters and other members of the Moo Moo's staff and family. Moo Moo's offers delicious burgers, shakes, Mexican food and ice cream in down town Granby.
Lance Maggart / Sky-Hi News |

Granby’s newest eatery, Moo Moo’s, opened for business earlier this month, just in time for the summer tourist season.

The diminutive restaurant might be small in size but it is very big on taste. Moo Moo’s offers succulent burgers, frosty ice cream and shakes and authentic Mexican food in downtown Granby. The quaint relaxed atmosphere is like a little slice of summer right in the heart of something grand.

Moo Moo’s owner Jorge Varela said business has been booming since the restaurant opened its doors on June 3, serving roughly three-times the amount of customers Varela predicted in the run-up to summer. “We didn’t expect the volume we would get in the first week,” he said. He added, “It is a good thing. We were just caught off guard.”

For the summer Moo Moo’s will focus on burgers, ice cream and other classics of the season; perfect for the conclusion of a long day of hiking, biking or relaxing on the lake. The atmosphere at Moo Moo’s also takes advantage of the spectacular summer weather in Grand County with an outdoor location for patrons to order food and a shaded outdoor seating area. Moo Moo’s also has an indoor seating and ordering area.

Varela said he plans to change his menu up as the snow starts falling later this year. Moo Moo’s will refocus for the winter season, highlighting the restaurant’s Mexican food menu and moving to a more traditional sit down restaurant paradigm. “This summer we are just trying to get in sync and figure everything out,” Varela said. “We have a lot of ideas but don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves.”

Among Varela’s many visions for the future of Moo Moo’s the young man hopes to someday construct a deck on the back of the building and allow patrons to fully enjoy the incredible view of the Fraser Valley south of Granby.

The current menu at Moo Moo’s features single and double burgers, bacon burgers and mushroom and Swiss burgers. The Mexican food offerings are delectable with moist carnitas tacos along with asada, barbacoa and cochinita options. They also serve the delicious traditional Mexican rice drink called horchata.

Moo Moo’s Mexican food menu offers a wide assortment of combination plates featuring tamales, enchiladas, rellenos and Varela’s own personal favorite the Mexican burger, with a burger, cheese and other fixin’s inside a tortilla. The beef used at Moo Moo’s comes from grass-fed non-hormonal antibiotic free cows.

The restaurant’s ice cream treat menu features favorites like banana splits, sundaes, cones, shakes and malts. Shakes and malts at Moo Moo’s can be ordered in a variety of fruity and savory flavors such as pineapple, coffee and butterscotch. Moo Moo’s also offers traditional Mexican desserts such as churros, flan and sopapillas.

Varela is a gregarious and cheerful young man, only 26, but already has over a decade of experience in the restaurant industry. “I have been in the restaurant business since I was 14,” Varela said. “Working for my parents first.” Varela’s parents own and operate El Pacifico in Grand Lake and the family has lived in Grand County for roughly 13 years.

Varela spent years working at El Pacifico, in the front of the house and on the cooking line, before going to culinary school and working in restaurants in the Denver area. Varela and his wife Becky have three daughters; six-year-old Madai who attends Fraser Valley Elementary, two-year-old Elana, and Makayla born earlier this spring.

Moo Moo’s is located at 20 East Agate Avenue in Granby, US Highway 40, between Brooks Veterinary Service and K&J Smoke Shop. The restaurant’s signage is hard to miss and features a large cartoon cow wearing sunglasses.

Moo Moo’s is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.

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