Eagle deli has new owner
EAGLE – There’s a new owner, but a familiar menu, at Zach’s Mountain Deli.Longtime valley chef Georg Yoder has purchased the former Z-Deli, located at 94 Market Street – near City Market – from former owner Neil Hirsch.Don’t expect drastic menu changes. Yoder sells the same coffee, espresso, lattes, chai tea, homemade bagels, breakfast treats, sandwiches and wraps.
But there are some changes. Yoder is aiming for a little less of a New York theme, and a little more of a mountain style in the deli’s offerings, he said. There’s already a couple of new lunch salads on the menu: the raspberry-spinach combination and a Greek salad with feta herb vinaigrette. Yoder is building up the menu to include at least four different salads, daily, and four fresh soups. He’s seeking out recipes for chili, stews, seafood and gumbos.The sandwich menu will continue to offer customers favorites, including the Donnie baseball (smoked turkey, provolone, sun-dried tomato, pesto, and olive oil); the roast beef garlic melt (hot roast beef, cheddar, lots of garlic and sun-dried tomato); and the turcado (a tortilla wrapped around smoked turkey, avocado, cheese, bacon, and lots of veggies).Early-morning visitors will still find fresh-baked bagels, and breakfast sandwiches. It’s still that sunny little place where a friendly greeting and a little nourishment go hand-in-hand, Yoder said.
“We want to be the Starbucks before Starbucks shows up down here,” Yoder said.A native of Germany, Yoder got his start as a chef in Chicago, where he worked as a banquet chef for Mariott hotels. That was his connection to this valley. The company sent him out here for the World Championship Ski Races in 1989.From the Mariott, he went to the up-scale Picasso’s restaurant at Cordillera. Then, he did a seven-year stint in the meat department at the Vail Safeway. He’s also worked as an outfitter and fly-fishing guide.”I know a lot of the locals. I see a lot of faces down here that I haven’t seen in years,” Yoder said.
He and his wife, Donna, moved to Eagle six years ago, where they are raising their three young sons. Zach, their youngest, inspired the deli’s name. “Eagle’s a great place. This is a Norman Rockwell town,” Yoder said. “This is as perfect as it gets for us.”Vail, Colorado