RIDGWAY – Fresh food, a new menu and innovative culinary ideas have come to the Four Corners Café at the Chipeta Sun Lodge. The dining establishment, centered around the creations of Executive Chef Adrian Musgrove, will host a soft opening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a grand opening to be held on Wednesday, June 3.
Musgrove, who trained at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts in Scottsdale, Ariz., and has lived in the area for the past six years, has created new breakfast and dinner menus at the Four Corners Café that combine fresh ideas with traditional Southwestern-style favorites.
“We really want to create something unique and new,” Four Corners General Manager Sunday Smith said on Tuesday, adding that although he will be wearing a tie during dining hours, the atmosphere is casual. “We have a chef who has taken up creative Southwestern cuisine.”
The dinner menu includes something for meat lovers (Herb Crusted Lamb Chops with mango mint drizzle, $26), seafood lovers (Blue Corn Crusted Mahi Mahi with buerre blanc cream, $24) and vegetarians (Veggie Ratatouille, $15).
“We are trying to use fresh, local and organic ingredients when we can,” Musgrove said, adding that the restaurant’s Sunday rooftop barbecues should not be missed. “It will have applewood-smoked brisket, pulled pork and andouille sausage – all smoked that day and fresh off the rooftop grill.”
Smith plans to make the barbecues a locals’ tradition in Ridgway with great food and blues music. “I am still working on that,” he said.
If you can’t make it to the roof on Sundays, you can still enjoy the scenery on a regular basis with a rooftop tapas menu with items ranging in price from $3 to $6 (try the bison bites).
“These are more than just an appetizer,” Smith said. “The tapas menu is a great way to experience three or four great bite-sized items with the best view.” Along with the tapas menu, Musgrove has created a number of handcrafted drinks, including a strawberry mojito and infused tequilas. Smith said to expect an unveiling of the libations during the grand opening.
“We are going to be doing something completely different than what has been done here in the past,” Assistant Manager Becky Boehm said. “It’s all fresh. We are really looking to wow people.”
The Four Corners Café will be offering dinner, tapas and drinks Wednesday through Sunday with specials and live music held almost every evening of the week. On Wednesday evenings listen to the sounds of live music on the deck. Thursday night is ladies’ night with drink specials. There will be more live music on Friday evenings, and on Saturdays enjoy the “Sunset Lounge” on the deck with DJ Sunday Smith. And finally, as previously noted, Sundays will mean real smoked barbecue.
While lunch will not be served, visitors and residents of the area can start their day at the Four Corners Café with breakfast and pastry items prepared by chef Megan McCabe. Look for Southwestern-themed breakfasts like the Sunrise Sauté ($12) that includes two eggs, ground sausage, bacon, onions, peppers, country potatoes, and cheddar cheese.
Smith, Boehm and Musgrove all agreed that there are great dining establishments in Ridgway and are looking forward to becoming a part of this community.
“We feel honored to be here,” Smith said. “We want to be a positive part of the community. There is great food being served out there and it is something for us to emulate in what we do. Adrian is the exact chef I was looking for and we are looking at running this like a family.”
The Four Corners Café is located in the Chipeta Sun Lodge, 304 S. Lena St. in Ridgway and is open Wednesday through Sunday with breakfast served from 7-11 a.m. and dinner, tapas and drinks served from 5-10 p.m. Reservations can be made at 626-2624.