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Grand Lake, Winter Park restaurateur Dougal ‘gave to everyone he met’

David "Dougal" Mc Dougal passed away this spring leaving fond memories for those who were lucky enough to share in his life. Everyone knew him as "Dougal" and his smile and kindness were infectious. Dougal hailed from Texas where his parents were cotton farmers. Each of the five kids worked on the farm picking cotton, and growing "the best tomatoes in Texas." After a trip through Europe with his brother Dale, Dougal moved to Colorado and worked at the Homestead restaurant as a dishwasher and bus boy for Ralph Uglow. As the years passed Dougal landed in Grand County, and the rest is history. Dougal's first restaurant was in Grand lake, Voltaires, an upscale dining establishment at the east end of what used to be the round room on Grand Avenue. He along with Ralph Uglow managed the restaurant at the Grand Lake Lodge after it was refurbished from a fire in the 70s. Soon after, an opportunity presented it's self to purchase The Mountain Inn restaurant in Grand Lake where Dougal really planted his roots in the community. Dougal was involved in everything from the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater Board, to organizing morning aerobic classes at the Lariat Saloon. After several years in Grand Lake, Dougal made the move to Winter Park's Sliverado II opening his restaurant in lower level of the condo complex. Moving to the east end of the valley opened him up to Winter Park's handicap program and the Sunshine Kids. His huge heart found a love and passion in these kids, and to those who so generously gave of their time to make dreams come true. He was instrumental in the birth of the "Shinning Stars Foundation" his dedication to the Shinning Stars lives on in Denver. Physically, heartfelt, and monetarily, Dougal gave to everyone he met. In the mid '90s, Dougal opened Dougal's Catering Service in Denver. Becoming well-known in the Denver Community for fantastic events… catering and donating food, Dougal became personally involved with several nonprofit organizations including Channel 6, Courage Classic, Rocky Mountain PBS, Denver Kids, Women's Bean Project, Angel Hearts, Urban Peaks, and Shining Stars Foundation. Dougal served on the Colorado Restaurant Board, was a past president of the International Caterers Association, and a Rotarian. During this time Dougal was lucky enough to meet his life partner Nick who cared for and loved Dougal through their many years together. Dougal is survived by his partner Nick, three sisters, and all of us who loved him. A service will take place at noon in Grand Lake on Sunday, June 22, at Point Park in Dougal's memory with a gathering of friends at the Daven Haven Lodge following the service.

Obituary: David “Dougal” Lynn McDougal, Oct. 22, 1946 – Feb. 28, 2014

David "Dougal" Lynn McDougal, 66, died Feb. 28, 2014. He was born Oct. 22, 1946. He was the son of Vernon and Margaret McDougal. He attended Texas Tech University where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He retired the owner of Dougal's Catering Service in Denver, and had previously owned restaurants in Winter Park and Grand Lake, Colo. Dougal was active in the Colorado Restaurant Association and inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2007. He also served as national president of the International Caterer's Association and was a member of the Denver Rotary Club. Dougal was also the recipient of the "Good Neighbor" Samaritan Award from the National Restaurant Association. He was known for his generosity and the time he donated to worthwhile causes and was a one of the founders of the Shining Stars, an organization which provides recreational and social programs for children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Dale McDougal and survived by his sisters Darlene Duncan, Diane Sargent, Shannon Pettus and special loved ones Nick Flores, and the numerous friends who cared for him throughout his illness. A celebration of Dougal's life is planned for June 22, 2014, in Grand Lake, Colo. Please contact 303-903-4593 for details. Memorial gifts may be donated to the Shining Stars Foundation, 24 County Road 524, Box 730, Tabernash, Co. 80478, Dougal's charity of choice.

Cyndi Palmer: Change is always on the menu

It is said that almost 99 percent of new restaurants die within in their first year because it’s such a demanding business. Coming across a winter menu guide from 1982-’83, it isn’t surprising to see how much restaurants in Grand County have changed in the past 25 years. The county has been no merciful host to our culinary caterers who aren’t up for a challenge, and we don’t hear much about many of the eateries listed in that old guide anymore. In fact, more than half of the restaurants in the guide aren’t around. Others were rooted and uprooted – changing addresses, owners, chefs and everything else from management to the menus. To say the least, those places that are still around have different directions than they did in the early ’80s.Twenty -five years ago, Shep’s in Old Town Winter Park (which used to be Adolph’s and is now Shipwreck Landing) served up an open-face Deno’s steak sandwich, with fries, coleslaw and onion rings for $6.95. The Swiss House and Coachman Tavern, also in Winter Park where Deno’s Mountain Bistro is today, didn’t publish their prices, only a plush list of French-style delectables like escargot, lobster, crab, sole, steaks and country home items like barbecue. Fred & Sophie’s once graced the clock tower in Winter Park, offering honey-based ice creams and an English muffin bun option for those who ordered the Hamburger in Paradise ($3).There was the High Country Inn in Winter Park, which became the Raintree and is now Moffat Station, serving up homemade suds and food across from the Winter Park Ski Area on U.S. Highway 40; The Attic Restaurant (which moved into a railroad caboose when Cooper Creek Square’s underground parking structure was built) with frog legs and clams casino on the menu; Portobello Road and its massive menu that included quail and oysters Rockefeller at the Inn at SilverCreek (which was also later the Sunlight Cafe and Paul’s Creekside Grill), L.C. Benedict Restaurant and Tavern across from the Sitzmark (where Lost Boys Burgers is now), Ben’s Aspen Leaf in the Granby Mini Mall (which now houses the Granby Medical Clinic), Grande Ole Inn in Granby (which is now Maverick’s), Wild Rose in Kremmling (which is now the Faith Tabernacle Church), Chalet in Winter Park (where Randi’s is now), and Dougal’s Mountain Inn (whose owners also served for the Grand Lake Lodge for some time), which is now the Bears Den and Paws Pub in Grand Lake.Berties, which is now Remington’s in Granby and at one time had a chain restaurant in Winter Park, used to have dancing and live bands every week. Owner Tim Luksa, who has been with the business for almost eight years now, released a new menu at the end of last year with most of the traditional favorites and a new look.One of the menu’s few new highlights is a homemade chocolate mousse torte made by Luksa, who modestly admits baking is probably his least of culinary experience. He found the dish to be absolutely delicious and said that he has to keep himself away from it. I, too, found it to be an impressive dessert, and recommend people save room to try it out (or get some to go). For only $4.95, the dessert is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. When asked if there are any other changes in Remington’s future, Luksa said he’s always wanted to evolve as a business. He said possible changes include more ovens to accommodate large parties, and, of course, more homemade desserts.The Rapids, which is still in Grand Lake, offered breakfast from $1.95, and served it all day. Although they only serve dinner now, which is a fine dining experience at a more upscale cost, the beauty of the river right next to the restaurant remains a constant scenic accompaniment for diners.Gasthaus Eichler has moved from down by the cinema and now has two restaurants; and the Longbranch and Columbine Cafe in Granby have also withstood the tempest of time.New businesses I’ve been urged to check out include the Italian restaurant and its chef out at the base of SolVista Basin’s ski area, and the Freestyle Sports Bar in the basement of Lost Boys Burgers, which is set to open soon, according to their answering machine. (What happened to the 1970s disco-themed restaurant I heard was going in Lost Boys’ basement just a couple months ago?).As an avid foodie, it’s great to see not only restaurants who have made their mark here successfully, but new restaurants open in Grand County. I wish them all the best in their endeavors. Unfortunately, they’re going to need it.Food for thought: It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. – Charles Darwin.

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Cathy Walton -Smith: Reflecting on my 20 years in Grand Lake

Having recently celebrated another birthday, I pause to reflect on these past 20 years I’ve spent in Grand Lake. I am reminded of the many changes that have occurred since I came here. For a community, that so ardently resists change, I find some of these changes amazing. For instance: Where are the “hot spots?” On any given weekend, there was live entertainment at Grumpy’s or The Stagecoach, The Pub, Little Bear’s, Squeeky Bob’s or The Lariat. Thank goodness we still have Cormey. We fought over important things, like gambling. We had a mayor named Gene Stover. We cried for those who passed, like Chuck Schmuck. We miss those who left, like Cece and Mary Krewson. Oh, for the good old days. Does anyone else remember summer theater in a tent? Parnassus of the Rockies? Dougal? The local radio station? But, enough of my reminiscing and on to upcoming events. There is only one week plus leap day left in February, and plenty going on. Kevin’s Outreach for Local Emergencies (K.O.L.E.) announces the Sixth Annual Prime Rib Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Rapids Restaurant in Grand Lake. Seating is on the half hour with reservations recommended. Call (970) 627-3707. A tax deductible donation of $15 will be collected at the door with the proceeds going to benefit local cancer patients and families. Highland Lumber is holding its 13th Chilifest on Friday, Feb. 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their Tabernash Yard. If you shop Highland for your home improvement needs, this is their way of saying thank you with food, fun and prizes. There is a Grand Lake Town election coming up on April 1. There are three Town Trustee seats open along with Mayor. Why not do your part and run for office? You need to be a town resident and turn in a petition with signatures from 10 registered town voters by Feb. 29. Stop by Town Hall to pick up a packet with full information or call Town Clerk, Ronda Kolinske at (970) 627-3435. The Snow Shoot 2009 will be in Grand Lake once again for the second year, Feb. 28 to March 12. This is a private media event hosted by our town and the Chamber of Commerce. Although most of us will not be allowed to participate in the actual event, there are many opportunities to volunteer for security and hospitality. Call Angie Getchel at (970) 627-3402 for more information. In addition, all businesses are encouraged to stay open extended hours during this period. There will be magazine and other media representatives here writing about and photographing Grand Lake, and we need to show off our best side. It is anticipated that several hundred people will participate in this event ” and they will all be in town to shop, eat and even stay for awhile. The Town of Grand Lake has contracted with three different companies for removal of beetle-kill trees in the town rights of way. Trees to be removed have been marked with paint.Property owners who with to save marked trees must sign an agreement with the Town that will obligate the property owner to be responsible for any tree maintenance including future removal. For more information and an agreement, contact Town Hall at (970) 627-3435. Happy birthday, Cassie Lockwood. Don’t worry about what people think; they don’t do it very often.

Walton Smith – The more things change . . .

Having recently celebrated another birthday, I pause to reflect on these past 22 years I’ve spent in Grand Lake. I am reminded of the many changes that have occurred since I came here. For a community that so ardently resists change, I find some of these changes amazing. For instance: Where are the “hot spots?” On any given weekend there was live entertainment at Grumpy’s or The Stagecoach, The Pub, Little Bear’s, Squeeky Bob’s or The Lariat. Thank goodness we still have Cormey. We fought over important things, like gambling. We had a mayor named Gene Stover. We cried for those who passed, like Chuck Schmuck. We miss those who left, like Cece and Mary Krewson. Oh, for the good old days. Does anyone else remember summer theater in a tent? Parnassus of the Rockies? Dougal? The local radio station? But, enough of my reminiscing and on to upcoming events. Kevin’s Outreach for Local Emergencies (K.O.L.E.) The Rapids Restaurant and the Grand Lake Fire Department are hosting the 9th Annual Prime Rib Dinner on Tuesday, February 23 at the Rapids Restaurant in Grand Lake. Community seating is every 15 minutes with reservations being highly recommended. Walk-ins will be seated on a space available basis. A tax deductible minimum donation of $15 will be collected at the door with the proceeds going to benefit local cancer patients and their families who support them. Please make reservations for the dinner directly with The Rapids Restaurant at 970-627-3707. Questions about the K.O.L.E. foundation should be directed to Kevin or Rosalind Cole at 970-627-0094. Highland Lumber is holding its 15th Chilifest on Friday, Feb. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their Tabernash Yard. If you shop Highland for your home improvement needs, this is their way of saying thank you with food, fun and prizes. This year there will be a fundraiser to benefit John Ross, one of the managers at the Grand Lake yard. John has been stricken with cancer less than 12 months ago, and medical expenses continue to rise. Please try to stop by and help out this worthy cause for one of our own. By the way, the Grand Lake Yard is only closed temporarily, and they will open for you if you have a need. Wednesday, Feb. 24, is Movie Night at 6 p.m. at the Grand Lake Juniper Library, showing “The Time-Traveler’s Wife,” starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams. calls the movie: “A genuinely old-fashioned Hollywood romance with a science fiction angle, The Time Traveler’s Wife stars Eric Bana as Henry DeTamble, a Chicago librarian with a genetic disorder causing him to travel through time involuntarily … In a quite haunting way, the story really concerns what it means to know and love someone at every phase of his or her life.” Rated PG-13. Popcorn will be served. Come join friends and neighbors for an evening with the stars. FREE. It’s time again to start thinking about Cabin Fever Follies! Work up your act and make sure you appear in this local talent show, April 24th, put on in Grand Lake by the Grand Arts Council. If you want to be one of the acts please contact me at 970-531-3055! The show length is limited and you don’t want to be left out. Adults, kids, professionals, amateurs, and novices are all welcome. Signs of spring: My car is completely covered with “the Grand Lake protective coating” from the wet roads. “We pick our friends . . . we make our enemies . . . but Realtors bring us our next door neighbors”

New restaurant caters to families

A new family-friendly restaurant has opened its doors in Winter Park. 490 Steakhouse & Tavern, located at the Silverado II Resort and Event Center, will celebrate its grand opening with the chamber of commerce from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19.Owners Albert and Debbie Long recently moved from Parker where Debbie was in the catering business for 10 years and Albert was in management. They saw the opportunity to “live every Coloradoan’s dream by living and working in the mountains,” Debbie said, and moved to the Fraser Valley in September. This is their first restaurant. While 490 Steakhouse & Tavern is located in the Silverado II resort, the Longs are focused on reaching out to locals, hoping to live up to the reputation that Dougals created for that location a decade ago, Debbie said. Their goal is to create a relaxed dining experience where families feel comfortable and can afford to eat, Debbie said. To that end, there will be a children’s menu with all the typical fare – macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers, corn dogs – along with a side, a drink and ice cream- for $4.95. On Wednesday night, children will eat free with a paying adult. 490 is billing itself as “the home of the $10.95 steak dinner,” and most of the food is American-style. Burgers, pizza and pasta will also adorn the menu. Vegetarians can choose from eight items on the menu or they can dig in at the soup and salad bar for $9.95. Coupons will run weekly in local publications to make eating out more affordable for locals and visitors alike, Albert said.”We saw a need for more family-friendly pricing so that people could afford to go out and eat, maybe even more than once a week,” Debbie said. “This gives locals the opportunity to eat out and maybe not spend so much money. We are trying to serve family people who are watching what they spend.”To draw families back in, the restaurant underwent a makeover and remodel to update decor and brighten the dining room. There are now empty picture frames hanging on the wall that the Longs hope to fill with photographs taken by loyal customers. Those who prefer to sit in a bar on the other side of the building and watch sports on the four big screen TVs won’t be forgotten. Happy hour will be held every day from 3-6:30 p.m. 490 Steakhouse & Tavern is open for dinner six days a week (closed on Tuesdays). On weekends, the restaurant will be open all day starting with a breakfast buffet.”We are a little off the beaten path,” Albert said, “but it’s well worth the short drive up the hill.”The restaurant will offer full-service catering both on- and off-site, and it’s open for private holiday parties. During the year, it will host special events including a Thanksgiving buffet and a New Year’s party with the Grand County Blues Society.490 Steakhouse and Tavern, located at 490 Kings Crossing Road in Winter Park, opened for business Nov. 7 and can be reached by calling 722-0299.- Reid Armstrong can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610 or

Grand Enterprise Initiative helps with 113th new job

The Grand Enterprise Initiative, now in its fifth year in Grand County, has helped set up 53 new businesses and has announced the 113th new job its efforts have helped to create in Grand County. The grass roots economic development effort has added an estimated annual $4.7 million in annual new sales in the county while having served 245 clients since January of 2013, according to Enterprise Facilitator Patrick Brower. Through the initiative, Brower provides free and confidential business management coaching to anyone wanting to start or expand businesses across the county. The program started in the Granby area in 2012 but expanded to a countywide program in 2013. "We're very happy with these numbers and we feel they show how the Grand Enterprise Initiative has been working well to fulfill its mission of building strong communities by nurturing entrepreneurs in all of Grand County," said Merrit Linke, president of the Grand Enterprise Initiative's management board. The initiative is a 501©3 nonprofit and other members of the board include Marise Cipriani, owner of Granby Ranch and Wally Baird of Granby. These numbers show that we are making an impact by working with local residents who want to start new businesses or improve their existing businesses. Brower and his management team have been trained in the principles of Enterprise Facilitation, a business coaching methodology pioneered around the world by Ernesto Sirolli, the founder of the Sirolli Institute. There are enterprise facilitation projects in place in Australia, New Zealand, across the U.S. and in Europe. The Grand Enterprise Initiative is the first and only project in Colorado. "I work with clients in Winter Park, Fraser, Granby, Grand Lake and Kremmling," Brower said. "My goal is to help entrepreneurs with new business ideas or existing businesses understand what it takes to succeed. I facilitate basic business management." Some recent business successes that were aided by Brower and the Initiative include the new Idlewild Spirits Distillery in Winter Park, Main Street Thrift store in Granby, Momma B's Restaurant in Hot Sulphur Springs, PINE Restaurant in Grand Lake, Fraser Electronics in Fraser, O22you (non-prescription oxygen delivery service), Stillwater Garage Doors, Lion Head Coffee, the opening of Never Summer Brewing Company in Granby and the acquisition of High Country Machine and Fabrication in Kremmling. The program is funded by a variety of public and private sources that include Grand County, local municipalities, and private entities such as Freeport-McMoran and Marise Cipriani. It operates under the non-profit umbrella of Kapoks, an institution founded by Cipriani that is dedicated to building strong communities by nurturing entrepreneurs. Anyone in the county with a business idea or with a business that wants to expand or improve can call Brower at 970-531-0632 or contact him by e-mail at

Grand County Real Estate Transactions, Jan. 4-10, 2015

Grand County transactions Jan. 4-10 Sundance East Condo Unit 1, Bldg C – Paul and Connie Lundeen to Shane and Mary Bryn Marsh, $361,000 Granby Ranch Filing 1B, Lot 23 – William Lyon Homes Inc, Village Homes, NVH INV LLC to Moira and Cameron Ross, $564,500 Adams 1st Addn to Grand Lake Block 1, Lots 15,16,17 – Alan and Cathryn Herrington to Sutherland Family Enterprises II LLC, $750,000 SEC 8 TWP 1S R 82W Partial Legal – See Document/Includes Easements – Eikleberry Family Trust to Leroux Land Cattle LLC, $27,000 Sunnyside Addn to Grand Lake Block 6, Lots 14,15 – James and Nikki Passarelli , Randy and Joni Lay to John Dunn, $190,000 East Mountain Filing 7, Lot 108 – Rendezvous Homes LLC to Jay A Fisher GST Exempt Trust, $505,856 Zephyr Mountain Lodge Condo Bldg 1 & 2, Unit 1311 – John and Melisa McDougall to WP Base LLC, $489,000 Legacy Park Ranch Lot 81 – Daniel and Rebecca Malone to Kenneth and Nancy Gunter, $570,000 Hi Country Haus Bldg 24, Unit 5 – James and Hilary Johnson to Michael and Susan Hauer, $125,000 Bear Crossing Town Homes Lot 42 – Nicholas and Alison Budor to David and Amy Hahn, $485,000 Cozens Meadow at Grand Park Lot 28 – Grand Park Homes LLC to Ian and Kimberly Harden, $558,315 Gore City Addn to Kremmling Block 7, Lots 1,2,3 – Susan Padilla to Caspers Casa LLC, $89,999 Grandview Villas Unit 206 – Global Recovery One LLC to Lance Perrin, $150,000 Colorado Anglers Club #1, Lot 13, Block 1 – Pamela Ortell to James and Amy White, $341,000

Winter Park / Restaurant: Steakhouse sizzling in Silverado II

The restaurant space at the Silverado II complex in Winter Park is now serving up a sizzling new menu. David and Karen Murphy opened the doors to their Silverado II Steakhouse March 19. To celebrate, the Murphys are hosting a grand opening celebration 3 to 7 p.m. next Saturday, May 24. During the event, they’ll be offering free appetizers, $2 beers and $3 well drinks, as well as a full dinner menu that evening for paying customers. Locals who enjoyed it as McDougal’s during its early years, or as the French restaurant will be happy to know that after being vacant for the last two years, the place open again. The restaurant needed some very minor renovations, but was essentially ready for business. “People tell us that 15 years ago this place used to be jammin’,” Dave said, adding that it is his and Karen’s hope to get the restaurant back to that reputation. The homeowners association, which recently took back responsibility for the condo complex, hated to see the space wasted. And HOA board member, who was a friend of the Murphys, immediately approached them about the possibility of opening a restaurant there. “This was a good opportunity for us to build a business here,” Karen said. With a full ski shop, rental facility and free covered parking, Dave said you “can’t beat what amenities the place has.” The two love the area and Dave had always wanted to run a restaurant. “Winter Park is the place to be. This was just the natural place for us,” he said. “Between our business backgrounds and our experience … it’s something I always wanted to do.” Karen worked for the Yellow Pages for about 30 years and Dave was a computer consultant for 25 years. They built a home in Grand County in 2000 and felt it was finally time to leave the corporate world for good about two years ago when they moved here full time. Since then, they’ve enjoyed serving as Realtors for Prudential, Winter Park ” something they’ll continue to do. They thought the restaurant would serve well as a steakhouse. The space offerings include a main dining area that can seat about 35 people, a full bar with lots of character (and a big screen TV), and a dining room across the hall that can seat about 40 more people. “We really want to have some fun,” Karen said, adding that she and Dave also want to bring in some live music and on-site catering. There is a ballroom upstairs available that can easily accommodate 200-plus people. With great acoustics and versatile additions, it might be one of the largest indoor concert venues in the county. It has its own restroom facilities, a fireplace, full bar, massive outside deck area, and Silverado II has the necessities to expand both the dance floor and bandstand. The steakhouse offers what the Murphys said is “a balanced pub menu with a focus on choice steaks.” Dave and Karen also hope to offer local beers, as well as nightly wine and food specials. The everyday, no-frills menu features standard favorites like hamburgers, grilled cheese and grilled chicken sandwiches, as well as their popular pizza (delivery within Silverado II available), bratwurst, and reasonably priced, high-quality steaks. The 14-oz. ribeye is the most popular for its cut and flavor. There’s also a 12-oz. N.Y. strip, 8-oz. bacon-wrapped filet, and a manly 20-oz. porterhouse. All steaks are USDA “choice” beef “just like those you can find at The Fort, Sullivans, and other nice restaurants on the Front Range,” Dave said. Their supplier has been bringing the Murphys choice cuts for their private use for years now and they continue to work with that purveyor. “We think the meat speaks for itself,” Karen said. “It’s simple and well-grilled, without the fancy sauces,” Dave added. “Business took off really well,” Karen said of their first couple months in business as a restaurant. “We wanted to create a comfortable place for locals to enjoy. That’s really what it’s all about.”