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Janet Day/Talk of the Valley
Sky-Hi News
Grand County CO Colorado

Yum, Yum, Yum. There are a lot of changes in the Winter Park area dining scene, in spite of the economic train wreck known as 2009. I’m getting ready to taste them all as soon.

490 Steakhouse and Tavern opens this week at the Silverado II Resort and Event Center (in the Silverado II complex on King’s Crossing Road near downtown Winter Park). If the rest of the menu is as good as the posole they were serving at last week’s business expo, it should be an exciting new entry in our dining possibilities.

The Cosmic Dog is moving inside for the winter, parking the hot dog cart and serving up fresh, fast Mexican food instead. Look for a variety of burritos and tacos for $4 to $7 each in the space that had been a gift shop next to the liquor store in Park Plaza and just across the highway from where the cart won rave reviews this summer.

Wild Horse Gourmet is moving into space right by the fountain in Cooper Creek Square. Nov. 15 is opening day in the new spot. Expect to find giveaway drawings, weekly specials, cooking demonstrations and more in addition to their usual selection of tasty sandwiches,

entrees and snacks. Their soft molasses spice cookies are, I admit, even better than mine.

JR’s Grill Catering is now the on site caterers at the Western Riviera Lakeside Events Venue and Lodging in Grand Lake. Jon and Alyda Parker will still cater some outside events, but now offer their popular reception menus for special occasions at the Western Riviera.

Plenty of off-season specials are available at existing restaurants. Bistro 28 at Pole Creek Golf Club is offering Thursday Night Burger and a Beer for $7.50. The club is open for golf “until the snow sticks,” they report. Winter Park Sushi Bar has expanded its Happy Hour hours and slashed prices: $2 beer from 4 to 6 p.m. every day along with some featured $1.50 bottle beers all day, every day.

Food and drink are a huge part of our local economy, so get out there and taste what’s new.

And treat our restaurants with some respect. Stealing isn’t cool, so will whoever took “Heidi,” the dirndl-clad, pumpkin-chested scarecrow from the Tabernash Tavern please return her. The authentic outfit, mannequin and other props are worth several hundred dollars to the restaurant. Parents, check with your teens – she was last seen Homecoming Weekend. The restaurant asks that Heidi, or her parts, be returned and no questions will be asked.

Healthy Open House: Meet some of the area’s health professionals tomorrow at 5 p.m. for an open house at the Fraser Marketplace next to Safeway. Arapaho Chiropractic Center, Curves, Winter Park Optical and Fraser Medical Clinic will provide appetizers, information and door prizes that include tickets to Wednesday’s screening of Warren Miller’s “Dynasty,” Smith goggles and an eye exam.

Correction: An email mix-up means last week’s item about learning how to use Facebook for your business included the wrong date. The class taught by Rebecca McBride will be held at the Granby Library on Nov. 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, go to

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