It all started in 2010 with a small backyard event with friends in La Junta, Colorado that quickly became a yearly event and continued after we moved home to the San Luis Valley. First it was the art of smoking meat, a family tradition for Tyler. Growing up in
La Veta and processing meats with his dad Tyler learned many of the skills he's using today to create one of a kind BBQ & craft meats. Smoking meat was quickly followed by creating one of a kind sauces, beginning with the delicious Honey Chipotle.
Owners Tyler, Linette & Zane Schmidt
When it all began we had very different careers from being restaurant owners, Tyler was a Firefighter with La Junta Fire Department and Linette was a Communication Officer for the Colorado State Patrol. Then after relocating to the San Luis Valley, where Linette grew up Tyler became a police officer, later promoting to detective. Linette transferred to the Alamosa CSP office and continued working in dispatch and promoting to Communication Supervisor.
After growing wary of working opposite shifts, opposite days off and rarely seeing our son we decided it was time for a change. We initially thought of just doing a BBQ trailer, then that quickly turned into a restaurant in South Fork. The building was in rough shape, and anything but clean. It needed an incredible amount of elbow grease to get it ready to open. With help of friends and family and a whole lot of hours we opened our doors in June of 2016. If you were a guest on our first day, we’re sorry! We were totally unprepared and learned a whole lot that first month. We made a lot of changes, found some more staff members and had made incredible strides our first year.
In our first year we met some amazing people and with some encouragement, joined South Fork Fire Rescue. We now volunteer our time and experience to the community we are a part of. Don’t be surprised to see us in uniform while taking your order or running your food, we may even run past you on your way in. We both have 15+ years of experience with Fire & EMS and enjoy being able to continue serving our community.
It’s now October of 2018 and we’ve been working to expand just in time for our winter ski season! We’ve remodeled the old bakery/bar area into a Tavern that is set to open in November. We will also be adding a coffeehouse in the mornings with our fresh baked goods available with plans to expand the hours in the future.
We love the community we’ve become a part of here in South Fork and look forward to many, many more years to come.