Bizline: A roadhouse BBQ joint in Dillon
Q: What type of business do you operate – what do you sell, or what service do you provide? A: We started up Bonnie Q BBQ in May last year in the old Rebekah Lodge in Dillon. We worked out of the kitchen side offering a pick-up, drop-off or full-service off-site BBQ catering menu. Phase 2, which has become the Roadhouse Room, was built out as an on-site venue for up to 50 people. The look and feel of the room is quite unique. You walk in and feel like you are in a Roadhouse BBQ joint. It’s really something else and nothing like it in Summit County. It’s a great place for family reunions, rehearsal dinner, weddings, birthday parties, ski groups and graduation parties. The menu is primarily our award-winning pit-smoked barbeque, so good it will make your big toe wiggle! If you don’t want BBQ there are many other offerings.Q: Where are you from, and why did you decide to open your business in Summit County? A: We live in Dillon and have operated The Arapahoe Caf for the last eight years doing BBQ catering out of the caf. We still do have a BBQ family pick-up menu for smaller parties. Not being a big enough space, we moved into our new space. Bonnie is my youngest daughter and namesake of our BBQ competition team. The new space is great because it is just up the street from The Arapahoe Caf and I keep a foot in both places.Q: What experience do you have in this field? A: I started at Keystone in 1977 working my way through many of the resort kitchens. I was promoted to corporate executive chef and then director of food and beverage. I had always dreamed of owning my own restaurant and the opportunity came about so we jumped into The Arapahoe Caf.Q: What sets your business apart from other similar businesses? A” Everyone loves BBQ and we think our Q is pretty darn good and so do the judges. Someone called the other day and wanted to take BBQ home to Kansas City and it’s the BBQ capital of the world. That was quite a compliment.Q: What types of customers do you hope to reach in Summit County? A: Groups looking for a unique, one-of-a-kind setting and off site location where they can have a good time. Anyone needing banquet space for any type of event, we feel there is nothing like the Roadhouse Room for any occasion.Q: What are your plans for your company’s future? A: We truly believe that once people who sell space and work with groups become familiar with the Roadhouse Room and tasted our Q that we will go gangbusters. The Arapahoe Caf keeps getting busier and busier each year, wish we had a few more seats!
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