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Open for Business: Root & Flower

Name of business: Root & Flower

Physical address: 288 Bridge Street Vail, CO 81657

Phone number: 970-470-4189

Email: hello@rootandflowervail.com

Website: www.rootandflowervail.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

We are open Mondays through Thursdays from 4 p.m.-12 a.m. and Fridays through Sundays 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. serving brunch on the weekends. To-go cocktails, wine and food are still available. All of our menus are updated and current on our website.

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times?

We are still virtual! Our virtual wine tasting classes on Fridays will continue through June. Go to our website to view the classes and book your spot.

How can the community support you?

The community can best support us by coming in to see us, ordering take out or buying gift cards.

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings?

Instagram and Facebook are the best ways to stay up to date with our offerings.

What’s the response been?

The response to our virtual classes, our takeout offerings and our new food menu has been amazing!

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves? 

Plans going forward are just to stay true to our brand and be creative!

Open for Business: Up the Creek

Name of business: Up the Creek

Physical address: 223 E Gore Creek Dr.

Phone number: 970-476-8141

Email: Info@vailupthecreek.com

Website: www.vailupthecreek.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

We are offering a limited menu that can be found on our website on Thursdays-Mondays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for both dine-in and takeout.

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times?

Our goal is to make our customers feel safe while enjoying their dining experience. Our staff will be masked and in gloves and sanitizing all high use areas and items after every use. Tables and walkways will be at least six feet apart and if our guests have any requests to make them feel safer we will try our best to always accommodate those requests.

How can the community support you?

We want our guests to feel safe and comfortable dining again. The best way they can support us is to come have a meal, enjoy a cocktail on our beautiful deck and tell their friends about the experience they had at Up The Creek. If dining at our restaurant isn’t an option we are offering all of our menu and drinks to go.

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings?

Our social media pages, Instagram and Facebook, as well as our website will be the best way to stay up to date on our menu and operating hours.

What’s the response been?

The response from our community has been great. People have been getting to-go food and picnicking on our lawn as well as enjoying our new dine-in option. 

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves? 

As the “new normal ” evolves we are looking for new ways for our guests to enjoy their experience. Whether that entails them dining in, picnicking on our lawn, or something we’ve never tried before such as pairing dining and an activity like yoga and apps. We will continue running our restaurant safely and conscious of keeping our staff and guests in good health.

Open for Business: Pepi’s Bar & Restaurant

Name of business: Pepi’s Bar & Restaurant 

Physical address: 231 E. Gore Creek Dr. Vail, CO 81657

Phone number: 970-476-4671

Email: info@pepis.com

Website:  pepis.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

We are offering table service and takeout. Our hours are 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a limited menu. We are closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We are taking reservations. Come sit on our sunny deck.

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times?

We are following COVID-19 guidelines for operation

How can the community support you?

Come and join us for some delicious food and drinks in a safe place.

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings?

Feel free to call us or view our website and Facebook page.

What’s the response been?

People are happy we are open and able to enjoy some of our staple menu items and of course enjoy our deck.

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves? Follow the guidelines that are given so our town’s businesses don’t get shut down again and we can all stay safe moving forward.

Open for Business: Big Bear Bistro

Name of business: Big Bear Bistro

Physical address: 297 Hanson Ranch Road Vail, CO 81657

Phone number: 970-445-1007

Email: info@bigbearbistro.com

Website: bigbearbistro.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time?

We are offering all of our delicious and natural coffees, breakfast, lunch, crêpes, salads, and après items all day, many of which are organic, vegetarian or vegan. We also offer drinks, beer and wine to drink in or go as well. Check our website for our menu and operating hours.

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times?

We have always offered takeout and delivery in Vail and have remained open during the lockdown. We have limited indoor sit-down service, but have an expanded, sunny outdoor seating area, and have implemented all COVID-19 precautions. We’re also offering a free aluminum water bottle with every order of four breakfasts, sandwiches or salads.

How can the community support you?

Stop on in or please order takeout or delivery and consider us for your outdoor hikes, biking or other activities while social distancing. Order ahead via phone, and we’ll walk the order out to your car at the Hanson Ranch Road. We also offer gift certificates for you or surprise and delight your friends, family or your favorite service providers with a gift certificate. Thanks for your business!

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings?

The online menu is a great place to start and can be found at bigbearbistro.com. You can also call us at 970-445-1007 for up-to-date information or check our Facebook page at facebook.com/bigbearbistrovail. We now also offer online ordering.

What’s the response been?

People thank us daily for remaining open. We’ve been pretty much the only breakfast and lunch place open in Vail Village for the duration of the pandemic and our employees are thankful they have work!

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves? We plan to continue as a great source for takeout, increase our delivery volume and have implemented online mobile ordering. We are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and as demand increases our hours will expand. Our website will reflect up-to-date operating hours. We’re also considering adding dinner items, as our chefs are talented and restless!

Open for Business: Montauk Seafood Grill

Name of business:  Montauk Seafood Grill

Physical address: 549 E. Lionshead Cir. Vail, CO 81657

Phone number: 970-476-2601

Email:  montaukvail@gmail.com

Website:  www.montaukvail.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time?

We’re doing a smaller menu than normal, but it still has everyone’s favorites. Seared ahi and the herb crusted Alaskan halibut are couple of the most popular items. The seared ahi has been on the menu for 32 years. 

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times?

We’ve really focused on dishes that travel well. Chef Dimitri put a ton of thought into this and has a great to-go menu, but now we’re so excited to be able to open the restaurant again to dine-in customers. We will have our deck open with proper social distancing in place. We will also be opening the dining room, closer to 30% of capacity versus the allowed 50%.

How can the community support you?

Order gift cards, order takeout, stop in and dine with us now that Public Health orders have allowed us to open on a limited basis. We’d even love to just see everyone walking around the villages again. 

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings?

Our Facebook page will be the most up to date, followed with information on our website. We’re trying to keep both updated with what we’re offering and any promotions we’ll be offering.

What’s the response been?

It seems like everyone is chomping at the bit to get out in public again.  We’re all looking forward to get back to “almost normal” again soon.

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves? 

We will continue to evolve as our industry evolves. We’re not sure what the future hold, but people will always need places to eat, drink, gather and celebrate.

Open for Business: El Segundo

Name of business:  El Segundo

Physical address: 223 Gore Creek Drive Vail

Phone number: 970-763-5470

Email:  elsegundovail@gmail.com

Website: www.elsegundovail.com

 What goods or services are you offering at this time?

We’re doing a limited menu, but it stall has everyone favorites, tacos, margaritas, fajitas. We will have our deck open with proper social distancing in place. We will also be opening the dining room, closer to 30% of capacity versus the allowed 50%. We just want people to feel safe and comfortable while beginning to dine out again. We believe people’s comfort level is very important to dictate the next phase of business for restaurants.

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times?

We’re only doing takeout, but a “no contact takeout.” We’re offer a curbside service also, allowing our customer to stay in their cars if they desire.  

How can the community support you?

Eat tacos and drink margaritas!

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings? 

Our Facebook page will be the most up to date, followed with information on our website.

What’s the response been?

It’s been so exciting to get back to work and see all of our good friends and customers again!

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves?  We’re staying very flexible, as it seems something changes every day with rules and regulations. We will continue to evolve as our industry evolves. Not sure what the future holds, but people will always need places to eat, drink, gather and celebrate.

Open for Business: Qdoba Mexican Eats

Name of Business: Qdoba Mexican Eats

Physical Address: 2161 N. Frontage Road West, Vail, CO 81657

Phone Number: 970-476-7539

Website: www.qdoba.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time?

Our full menu is being offered through takeout, pickup, and curbside pickup. We’ve also added Family Meal Deals and Burrito Meal Deals to our menu.

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times?

Escalated existing, stringent sanitation procedures, and all orders are currently packaged as to-go. Social distancing protocols have also been established and all employees are wearing facemasks.

How can the community support you?

Drop into the store to order take-out or visit our website or use the Qdoba app to place pick-up orders.

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings?

www.qdoba.com

What’s the response been?

The community has been grateful that we’re open, and we’re also so incredibly grateful for the support of our local community.

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves?

We’re looking forward to being able to open our dining room to our guests and anticipate limiting seating capacity, along with maintaining social distancing measures and escalated sanitation protocols. We’re also excited to announce that we’re planning to remodel the restaurant in late June.

Open for Business: El Sabor

Name of business: El Sabor


Physical address: 660 Lionshead Place

Phone number: 970-477-4410


Email: elsaboroffice@gmail.com

Website: www.elsaborvail.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time?


We are offering to-go food and beverages Monday through Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Please visit our website at www.elsaborvail.com to order online.

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times?

We have built an online ordering platform to allow contactless payment and ordering online.

How can the community support you?

Please order some takeout online! The more business we have the more employees we can get back to work. 


What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings?

Instagram is the best option for keeping up with our daily specials. 


What’s the response been?

The response has been great. We’ve lowered our prices and still offer fantastic food. We have been doing daily specials that the locals love including tacos al pastor, birria ramen and camarones del diablo.

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves?
 We have been working on some plans for our future that work with the online ordering system. We’ve also been creating a warm restaurant environment allowing for social distancing practices and developing new sanitary guidelines to keep our staff and customers safe.

Open for Business: Garfinkel’s

Name of business: Garfinkel’s

Physical address: 536 E. Lionshead Circle Vail, CO 81657

Phone number: 970-476-3789

Email: Garfsofficevail@gmail.com

Website: www.garfsvail.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

Take out and delivery.

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times? 

We started an online ordering portal for contactless payment and ordering. 

How can the community support you?

Order take out or buy a gift card online for later use or to give to a friend. 

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings?

 Facebook, website and Instagram

What’s the response been?

People just seem happy to have something open it helps them break the monotony of the stay-at-home isolation.

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves? 

Our methods of operating are going to change to accommodate the new protocols that will be in place as we get back to normal life. 

Open for Business: Sweet Basil

Name of business: Sweet Basil

Physical address: 193 Gore Creek Drive, Vail, CO 81657

Phone number:  970-476-0125

Emailinfo@sweetbasilvail.com

Website: sweetbasilvail.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time?

At this time, we are offering a three-course finish-at-home meal kit for $25 per person, available Wednesdays through Saturdays. Kits are delivered to your door. These kits are a way to allow our guests to be a five-star chef in their own kitchen … with a little help from us! Thanks to our creative culinary team, these meals can easily be finished in your own kitchen in less than 30 minutes. The menu changes weekly and can be viewed on our website and social media channels.

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times?

 Our regular menu does not travel well, so just switching it a to-go menu was not an option for us. Plus, we have the added disadvantage of being in a pedestrian village, which is not easily accessible. Our dedicated team members worked tirelessly on ways to bring a Sweet Basil quality meal to the homes of our locals and visitors. We had almost a month of trials (our “guinea pig” guests were happy with that!) until we figured the best way to offer this service. We wanted to keep the price point and profit margins low to give our locals a break. And our wines are priced below liquor store prices. Once our PPP funding came through, we were able to pay our staff and creatively offer work in zero-contact jobs (sewing masks, helping with social media, creating new logos for our new products, etc.) and partial contact jobs (our servers, bartenders and bus staff are your new delivery drivers).

How can the community support you?

Support is a tricky word because we are all struggling financially right now (hence our low price point). One of our team members said he ordered Chinese takeout for two last weekend and the bill came to $65. Our kits are three-courses for $50 for two … delivered! The main way our community can help is to spread the word of our new service and order a meal kit if they’re able. One of our longtime loyal guests from Chicago saw our Facebook post and ordered a meal for four to donate to a struggling family. They have committed to doing that once a week during the rest of this month.

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings?

Facebook and Instagram posts will be going out three to four times a week with a new menu and special add-ons each week. Think Mountain Standard’s iconic pimento cheese by the quart and much more.  

What’s the response been?

Guests have been raving about the experience so far. We have received great comments and fun photos from them. Guests say it’s a way to bring the Sweet Basil experience to their dinner table at an affordable price. Employees were all grateful when the PPP funding came through last month. It’s been a wonderful eye-opening experience getting calls, texts and emails from our employees asking what they can do to help. Even though we’re not requiring them to work, they want to feel helpful. Our kitchen manager and owner, Matt Morgan, helps me unload at food trucks and organize the pantry at the Salvation Army. Our more medically vulnerable employees are asked to stay at home and do jobs like sharing our posts to sewing masks.   

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves?

The question of the year! We are dedicated to these meal kits until Dec. 1 — maybe longer — even if restrictions loosen and we’re able to open half our dining room. We feel our community still needs this fabulous option for those who are medically vulnerable or just want to put a nice meal on the table for their family after a long day. We will also be expanding our offerings each week and including dishes from Mountain Standard. In late May, we’ll start offering to-go fully cooked meals like our whole wood-fired rotisserie chicken with sides, to-go picnic baskets and more.