Recent Summit County transplants Chelsea and Shannon Ehlts weren't necessarily thinking they would open a restaurant only a few months after moving here, but that's what happened.
The couple opened Broken Ski Pizza and Pub on Airport Road in Breckenridge in May. While they moved to Summit from Iowa in March for the scenery and the wildlife, "we've always been looking for a place," Chelsea Ehlts said. And when they saw that the spot on Airport had a perfect kitchen, they went for it.
Ehlts, who started working in the restaurant business at the age of 13, loves everything about it - the people, the food - and it's always been her dream. The couple started renovating the dining room themselves to get a bit of a ski lodge-feel, right down to the lodgepole pine bar.
The food is handmade too - the marinara sauce on the pizzas (they have some of the usual suspects, plus a few outliers like a taco or cheeseburger pizza), the hand-cut fries, and even house-made hummus and falafel for the falafel sandwich. The pork tenderloin for the breaded pork tenderloin sandwich is sliced, tenderized, breaded and fried in-house.
"I've always loved the bar-food aspect," Ehlts said of the menu. "But I wanted to take it up a notch and do it homemade."
The couple also wanted the food to be accessible, so everything is priced low. Sandwiches are all under $9, and lunch specials on Monday, they had a shredded barbecue pork sandwich - don't exceed $10 with a drink.
"We want to make people happy, and we want them to come back," Ehlts said.
Ehlts hopes it becomes a good place for people to go and relax; a place locals can sneak out to on Airport when it's busy on Main Street, she said.
Business was a little slow the first few weeks, but has picked up more recently, Ehlts said. The restaurant already has some regulars, who are telling their friends. On Monday, one man getting take-out told Ehlts he stopped by because he heard good things from co-workers.
"People are really starting to catch on," she said.