Saltwater Cowboy restaurant to open in Avon |

Saltwater Cowboy restaurant to open in Avon

Sarah Mausolf
Vail CO, Colorado
HL Saltwater 1 KA 12-08-08

AVON, Colorado ” The Avon shop where customers can buy Stetson hats and board shorts will continue the “Surf and Turf” theme at its new restaurant.

Saltwater Cowboy, the eatery, will open between roughly Monday and Dec. 20, owners said. Tucked away in the boat building, between Vin 48 and the Saltwater Cowboy clothing store, the restaurant will specialize in wild game and seafood. Think buffalo burgers, elk tenderloin and potato-crusted grouper.

Representing the surf theme, owner Stephen Bullock, 37, is a Florida native who now lives in Vail. On the turf side, his business partner, Ricardo Aragon, grew up in a landlocked town in Mexico packed with cattle and cowboys.

About a year ago, the pair opened Saltwater Cowboy Surf and Turf Apparel, a boutique packed with Western digs like alligator cowboy boots, along with California-inspired clothing. Now, the duo plans to expand the operation into Saltwater Cowboy Surf and Turf Apparel and Dining.

Aragon, a 30-year-old Avon resident, envisions Saltwater Cowboy as the new theme restaurant customers want to check out.

“To have an idea, like our version of Hard Rock Cafe,” he said. “You go into Hard Rock Cafe, they have a clothing part where you can buy jackets, everything, and then you have the restaurant.”

The decor will match the surf and turf theme. A buffalo head hangs above the main entrance (owners named it Rusty). Expect to see fish and netting adoring the walls. With seating for 80, the 1,600-square-foot space features booths and high tables. Owners plan to add a patio by the end of next winter. For the waitresses, cowboy hats will be optional but encouraged, Aragon said.

To lure the local crowd, Salwater Cowboy will keep prices low. Lunch dishes will range from $7 to $12. Among the offerings will be elk, buffalo and sirloin burgers, along with elk or buffalo chili. The buffalo and elk meat will hail from a free range ranch in Kremmling. A grouper sandwich, salmon-topped salad and crab soup will carry the surf theme.

For dinner, the prices will hover between $11 and $20. Try the elk tenderloin medallions ($19), cumin-crusted venison (roughly $18) and potato-crusted grouper ($15). The kitchen will stay open late, with dinner ending at 10 p.m. and a limited menu available through midnight.

Locals will benefit from special drink prices. Locals will pay $3 for beers, which can cost up to $5 for out-of-towners. Locals pay $4 for cocktails, which will run from about $5 to $9 for everyone else. Bullock said the locals’ discount will apply year-round.

“I don’t care if it’s New Years’ Eve. In this place, locals drink $3 beers and $4 drinks,” he said. “There will never be a cover.”

High Life Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2938 or

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