EAGLE – The Dusty Boot Steakhouse and Saloon recently brought a little taste of the beach to Eagle in honor of the restaurant’s five-year anniversary there.
The Dusty Flip Flop is a tiki bar on the restaurant’s patio. It features tropical drinks and a variety of specials, including Free Beer Fridays and live music on Saturdays.
“Every Friday, we get a keg from Mountain Beverage and we start pouring at 5 p.m. until it’s gone,” said bartender Jeff Anderson. “It has definitely upped business.”
Dusty Boot Director of Operations Cameron Douglas said they had the idea for a while but circumstances didn’t align to open the tiki bar until this year.
“It’s our five-year anniversary in Eagle and we came out of a better winter (in terms of business), so we had more incentive to do it,” he said. “It’s been a hit ever since. It changed the tone of the deck a little bit — it looks like it should be next to the beach.”
Island and Slushie Delights are among the tiki-theme drinks. Anderson pointed to an array of slushie machines behind the bar that are used to make daiquiris and pina coladas, and variations such as a Lava Flow, which has layers of pina colada and strawberry daiquiri with light rum. That’s all in addition to the Boot’s regular menu.
“It’s been great weather to sit outside and there is a place for the kids to run around,” Douglas said. “There are a couple tiki bars in Summit County and it seems like a good way to make the most out of a short summer, and our summer is longer here, so we might as well take advantage of it.”