Moffat Station Restaurant and Winter Park Hotel under new management
The Winter Park Mountain Lodge is now the Winter Park Hotel with a new management team. Moffat Station Pub Restaurant & Brewery is now under new management but the restaurant name will stay the same. Intrawest no longer runs the hotel and restaurant and the owners have hired a general manager and restaurant manger to run the property. Tom Kresler was hired to update the restaurant and its menu. He was the chef at Seven Trails Grille at SolVista before coming to the Moffat Station restaurant. His main goal is to create high quality food and go after more banquet business. The menu now has a European touch with more Italian and French dishes including a classic braised pork shank, said Kresler. All sauces are home-made.Kresler is a certified chef with a master’s degree in Italian cuisine from Istituto Superiore Di Gastronomia Gesi Italy. As a master Italian chef he has created new dishes including a new bar menu with a unique twist on chicken wings – a Southwestern style sauce. The restaurant also serves calamari and fish fresh from the Seattle Fish Company in Denver. Peter Brauer, general manger of the newly re-named hotel, Winter Park Hotel, said he is updating the public areas around hotel and guest rooms.”We have refurbished 25 rooms with a new color scheme and carpets,” he said. “This year we will have flat screens, fridges, ironing boards in the rooms. We have purchased a new linen inventory with triple sheeting instead of bedspreads, which gives a wide top sheet and makes the room look fresh and crisp.” There is Internet access in all rooms, throughout the hotel, and in meeting rooms, Brauer said. Also new are two hot tubs.”Later in the year, we will paint the pool area, change carpets in public areas, and update hallways paints schemes,” he said.Another aspect of mountain hospitably Brauer will address in his new role is promoting local activities.”It’s not just about skiing, there are other activities – alternatives to skiing. We do everything for the guest including offering a van for shuttling to activities.” Brauer was hired in June 2011 and has spent his career all over the world including in Europe, South America, and North America. He has worked in 18 different countries. What he thinks about the Winter Park-Fraser Valley after living in working in so many mountain and urban communities: “It’s beautiful. It reminds me of Germany and Switzerland. My wife likes it, too.” Kathy Brauer is the front desk manager. “We really love it here,” he said. “We are excited about this hotel – it has a lot of potential. We are addressing the culinary side of the hotel and it’s why we hired Tom.” Brauer hopes to feature the hotel more prominently in the local community by offering a Happy Hour everyday from 4-6 p.m. with discounted wines, tap beer, well drinks, and a special menu. They continue to brew beer on-site offering two to three kinds of beer brewed new each season. Currently, they are brewing Parry Peak and Bottle Pass. The restaurant also offers imported and domestic beer, and microbrews.
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