New restaurant caters to families
November 12, 2009
A new family-friendly restaurant has opened its doors in Winter Park. 490 Steakhouse & Tavern, located at the Silverado II Resort and Event Center, will celebrate its grand opening with the chamber of commerce from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19.Owners Albert and Debbie Long recently moved from Parker where Debbie was in the catering business for 10 years and Albert was in management. They saw the opportunity to “live every Coloradoan’s dream by living and working in the mountains,” Debbie said, and moved to the Fraser Valley in September. This is their first restaurant. While 490 Steakhouse & Tavern is located in the Silverado II resort, the Longs are focused on reaching out to locals, hoping to live up to the reputation that Dougals created for that location a decade ago, Debbie said. Their goal is to create a relaxed dining experience where families feel comfortable and can afford to eat, Debbie said. To that end, there will be a children’s menu with all the typical fare – macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers, corn dogs – along with a side, a drink and ice cream- for $4.95. On Wednesday night, children will eat free with a paying adult. 490 is billing itself as “the home of the $10.95 steak dinner,” and most of the food is American-style. Burgers, pizza and pasta will also adorn the menu. Vegetarians can choose from eight items on the menu or they can dig in at the soup and salad bar for $9.95. Coupons will run weekly in local publications to make eating out more affordable for locals and visitors alike, Albert said.”We saw a need for more family-friendly pricing so that people could afford to go out and eat, maybe even more than once a week,” Debbie said. “This gives locals the opportunity to eat out and maybe not spend so much money. We are trying to serve family people who are watching what they spend.”To draw families back in, the restaurant underwent a makeover and remodel to update decor and brighten the dining room. There are now empty picture frames hanging on the wall that the Longs hope to fill with photographs taken by loyal customers. Those who prefer to sit in a bar on the other side of the building and watch sports on the four big screen TVs won’t be forgotten. Happy hour will be held every day from 3-6:30 p.m. 490 Steakhouse & Tavern is open for dinner six days a week (closed on Tuesdays). On weekends, the restaurant will be open all day starting with a breakfast buffet.”We are a little off the beaten path,” Albert said, “but it’s well worth the short drive up the hill.”The restaurant will offer full-service catering both on- and off-site, and it’s open for private holiday parties. During the year, it will host special events including a Thanksgiving buffet and a New Year’s party with the Grand County Blues Society.490 Steakhouse and Tavern, located at 490 Kings Crossing Road in Winter Park, opened for business Nov. 7 and can be reached by calling 722-0299.- Reid Armstrong can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610 or firstname.lastname@example.org.