Summit County business roundup: Breckenridge Distillery building new restaurant |

Summit County business roundup: Breckenridge Distillery building new restaurant

Breckenridge Distillery is constructing a new restaurant by its Airport Road location in Breckenridge. The farm-to-table kitchen is set to open this summer.
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Breckenridge Distillery starts construction on new restaurant

Work on Breckenridge Distillery’s new restaurant is underway, with a new event and restaurant space being constructed next to the distillery’s Airport Road location. Touted as a farm-to-table kitchen, the new space will feature meat from regional ranches and an open grill fueled by oak staves from whiskey barrels.

Chef Daniel O’Brien will join the distillery this summer, after having opened his own market, Seasonal Pantry, in Washington D.C. Owner Bryan Nolt met O’Brien while judging food on the Cochon 555 culinary tour.

“After learning Daniel had integrated a Wu-Tang Clan-inspired menu into one of his supper club dinners, I knew he’d fit nicely with the team,” Nolt said in a statement.

Natural Grocers to open Frisco store in May

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Natural Grocers will relocate its Dillon store to Frisco on Thursday, May 12. The new Frisco location, at 970 N. Ten Mile Drive, will feature an expanded space with a demo kitchen. The new store will also feature a nutritional health coach and offer free nutrition education classes.

As part the of the May 12 grand opening, Natural Grocers will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:55 a.m. and will then distribute mystery gift cards to the first 50 customers in line. Gift cards will be in the amount of $5, $10, $25, $50 and $100. Customers won’t know the amount of their gift card until they check out.

In addition to live music, the new store will feature a food tasting from its Paleo Wraps class from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Elementary students learn to code

Frisco-based Evo3 Workspace launched a course for Summit County fourth- and fifth-graders as an introduction to app development on Monday, April 18. In a partnership with Frisco Elementary, students will learn the basics of coding through a Bitsbox project each week, brought in from Boulder.

Evo3 founder Aaron Landau said they hoped to develop the pilot program to make it available to more schools in the future. Students will learn to enter a variety of command in a virtual computer terminal to get a grasp on the basics of coding.

Broken Compass welcomes new brewmaster

Broken Compass Brewing welcomed a new brewmaster Jason Wiedmaier, in February. Formerly of Lone Tree Brewing, he said he will be working on a lager series inspired by his family’s background in baking — a Banana Cream Pie Belgian Tripel, for example. He also has plans to launch a homebrewers’ club.

Eagle County Airport welcomes eight millionth passenger

The Eagle County Regional Airport welcomed its 8 millionth commercial passenger on March 29. The airport, which is now served by four major airlines, began commercial air service in 1989. Last year, a total of 320,111 passengers came through the facility.

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