Comfort food comes to Eagle gas station |

Comfort food comes to Eagle gas station

Kathy Heicher
Shane Macomber/Vail DailyKathy and Brady Calton open Chester Chicken a new fast food resterant in Eagle as part of the BP gas station.

Here’s a typical valley scenario:Mom and dad put in a long day of work upvalley, then head home in the early evening. The kids have been at a high school soccer game. It’s 6:30 p.m., everybody is hungry, and nobody remembered to thaw out something for dinner. It’s been an expensive week, and there just isn’t money in the family budget for dinner out at a sit-down restaurant.Eagle’s newest take-out restaurant, Chester Chicken, offers an old-fashioned, family-style, fried-chicken dinner that will please the palate, while leaving the pocketbook intact.Located at 0131 Chambers Avenue, in the BP gas station, the restaurant offers the kind of comfort food that will make customers think of family picnics past. Owners Kathy and Brady Calton, residents of the valley for 14 years, who have made their home in Eagle for the past six years, think they’ve found a new niche in the local restaurant scene.

“If you want convenience – that’s our ultimate goal,” says Kathy Calton. She’s got 20 years of experience in various aspects of the restaurant business. Her husband, a builder who grew up in Leadville, was looking for a different kind of work. They both wanted to stay in Eagle, and raise their two small children. When Ed Oyler, owner of the BP station, decided to eliminate the mechanized car wash and remodel the space for another use, the Caltons seized the opportunity.As befits any good fried chicken business, Chester Chicken’s home base is actually Montgomery, Ala. The food outlet only recently became a franchise operation, and now has 1,000 locations world wide

“We specialize in southern fried chicken,” says Calton. “There is nothing like this in the valley. This is a nice, different alternative to the fast food that is available.”The simple menu features chicken by the piece, or packaged in a family meal or combo meal. Dinner prices range from $4.99 for a two-piece meal combo.Side orders include potato wedges, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, mashed potatoes, and biscuits. An eight-piece family meal, which serves four, can be had for $17.99. Twelve- and 16-piece family meals are also offered.There’s some other options on the menu, also, including a chicken kabob, fried mushrooms, Buffalo tenders (spicy chunks of chicken breast), or a garden salad.

People on the go can grab a quick chicken sandwich or a “Chester Wrap” (chicken, cheese, lettuce, tomato and dressing rolled into a tortilla for $3.99.The Caltons expect to do a big business in hot wings this fall and winter. They will be offering some specials during football season. The wings have enough bite to them to keep adventurous eaters satisfied.There’s also some kids’ meal deals, ranging in price from $2.89 to $4.29.Chester Fried is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. To phone in an order, call 328-2425; or fax 328-2429.Kathy Heicher is the editor of the Eagle Valley Enterprise. She can be reached at Colorado

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