RIDGWAY – Luis Bolaños wraps his Tica-style tamales in banana leaves rather than corn husks. “It gives them a wonderful flavor; they’re a complete meal, with peppers, olives and pork – colorful and delicious,” said Michele Kravat, Bolaños’s partner in life and in the new restaurant, Land & Ocean, which opened last week in Ridgway’s Riverview Plaza, just east of the footbridge over the river.
Bolaños cooked at several resort restaurants in his native Costa Rica. Now he and Kravat, who bills herself “aka Michele the hairstylist” from Telluride (she’s been cutting hair there for the past six years), have opened a “fresh and all-natural” restaurant that they hope will appeal particularly to commuters on their way to and from Telluride.
“If people call ahead – the number is 626-FOOD – Luis can get their order ready for their drive to Telluride. We’ll have all-natural juices, soups, salads, ceviche and daily specials. And Luis’s Tica tamales. They’re his grandmother’s recipe.
“We want to get to know people,” Kravat said. “You come in, and we say, ‘We know you – you like extra garlic; you like honey in your juice.’
“We’re right next to the river,” Kravat said. “Sorry I’m talking so fast; we’re really excited. You can’t miss us; our sign is a big fork.”