In Colorado mountain towns, restaurant owners shocked by a surprisingly strong summer
Diners came to the mountains in droves once they were allowed. But success didn’t spread evenly across the state.
Article by Josie Sexton – September 7, 2020
Some areas of Colorado saw a business resurgence during late summer, but not all areas benefited equally.
“Fantastic,” “crazy busy,” “packed.” These aren’t the words you would expect to hear from restaurateurs after six months of operating during a pandemic. But in Colorado’s resort and mountain towns, business owners say they were baffled by their numbers once they opened their doors in July and August.
Aspen and Snowmass chef Mawa McQueen had a similar story to tell about her two restaurants, The Crepe Shack and Mawa’s Kitchen. “I think this is the last push,” she said of Labor Day weekend, “but I don’t think it’s going to slow down as much as it usually does. Nobody wants to go to the big cities still, so we’ll see.”
These resort and mountain town restaurateurs seemed to agree that a combination of city-fleeing tourists and second homeowners contributed largely to their bump in sales.
“Thank God that’s gonna save us,” McQueen said….