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Mango’s gets new managers

Sarah Mausolf
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

RED CLIFF, Colorado – New managers are taking over Mango’s Mountain Grill, but don’t worry, the fish tacos aren’t going anywhere.

Locals Chris Keran and Jaclyn Parks will be taking the reins at the eatery later this month.

“We are not planning on doing any big changes off the bat,” Keran said. “We’re focused on developing what already works up there.”

The new managers are renting the restaurant from owner Tim Parks, who is stepping away from daily operations.

Eric Cregon, who previously owned Mango’s along with Parks, is leaving to open a new restaurant in the former Chilly Willy’s location in Minturn. That restaurant will be called “Magustos.” It should open in mid-February, he said. Cregon envisions serving burgers throughout the day and pastas at dinner. He also plans to shuttle skiers from the base of the Minturn Mile to the restaurant.

As for Mango’s, the new managers are planning to close the restaurant from Jan. 3-13 for cleaning and staff training. While the restaurant is closed, Mango’s will be stocking the Red Cliff Provisions market across the street with sandwiches.

To celebrate Mango’s big re-opening on Jan. 14, the managers also plan a “New Face of Mango’s” party on the weekend of Jan. 21-22.

Keran said he plans to keep most things the same at Mango’s, including the decor.

“I think the small-town feel works,” he said. “I think Mango’s does a great job of providing service to both locals and first-timers.”

There are a few things he wants to improve.

“What doesn’t work right now, which I really need to figure out, is how to get people to and from Mango’s safely,” Keran said.

He hopes to form partnerships with local taxi companies to provide discounts for Mango’s customers.

Along with helping patrons get to Mango’s, he wants to take advantage of the Green Bridge Inn across the street.

“We want to work together to promote and package events,” he said.

Both Keran and Parks have backgrounds in management. Keran has most recently been involved in construction, including a job as project engineer for the Solaris. The Mango’s opportunity came along right as he was finishing up a project in Frisco.

“I wanted a change of pace,” he said. “I had been doing construction for four years and I wanted to change things. It seems like a pretty amazing opportunity to get up there and step in and run things.”

Keran, 27, admits he’s a little nervous about running a restaurant during an economic downturn.

“Restaurant in a small town in a bad economy – that’s going to be a really big challenge for me and Jaclyn to make this work right but I’m convinced we can do it,” he said.

As they prepare for the new business venture, Keran and Parks are also looking forward to moving to Red Cliff from elsewhere in the valley.

“We’re both really excited. I’ve had experience with small town Colorado,” said Keran, who grew up in Snowmass. “I really like that feel. Being in a place where you know everybody and everybody knows you – I dig that.”

You should be able to wash down your meal with a beer once Mango’s reopens Jan. 14.

For the past few weeks, the restaurant hasn’t been serving booze because the previous owners did not re-apply for a liquor license when it had been set to expire, town officials said. The liquor license lapsed in October, town clerk Barb Smith said.

The new managers have reapplied for the license, she said. Their request comes before the Red Cliff town board Jan. 12, Smith said.

“Should it all go correctly, they’ll be able to serve liquor on the 13th,” she said.

Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or

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