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Summit Daily/Kim Marquis Scott McCartney
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Scott McCartney’s cooking passion was born from a television sitcom. “When I was growing up I saw Jack Tripper living with two girls and I thought well, if I can cook I’ll get some girls.”Such is the circumstance when you’re young and impressionable, he said. McCartney likes the fact that nearly everyone he meets in Summit County is from somewhere else and despite it, “everybody knows everybody,” especially in his neighborhood and at the neighborhood pub where he works, The Cala Inn. He will soon add another job to his schedule. The second place, located just a few doors down, will be a restaurant called Basil Doc’s and will open in about a month.

What do you like about your job?”The patrons. Being a local in The Cove and this being a local bar, I know everyone and everyone knows me. It’s a ‘Norm!’ kinda thing.”What are the job’s challenges?

“This place has a hard time challenging me because I’ve been in the industry since I was 12 years old. I don’t get behind,” even on weekend days, when he runs the bar and the kitchen both. What brought you to Summit County? “I was leaving Ohio no matter what,” McCartney said, but on his way to Alabama he visited a friend who was headed to Colorado. “I never made it to Alabama,” and instead headed West. The first month, home was the free skier parking lot and the back of his truck in Breckenridge. Then, he moved onto various couches throughout the county. “Now I live in a nice, comfortable home in Keywest Farms,” he said. What do you do when you’re not at work?



A laid back guy, McCartney fits the bill as a quintessential Summit ski bum, save for one fact – he does not ski or ride. He likes to hunt and hike, but this year will be hoofing it without a gun because he didn’t pull a hunting permit in the state’s lottery. “So I’ve been doing some tracking for fun,” he said.He also plays basketball, is on The Goat’s softball team and the pub’s volleyball team. Tell us something your co-workers don’t know about you.”I’m a descendant of Roy Rogers.”


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