Legendary former Bronco John Elway, owner of the Elway’s steak houses with business partner Tim Schmidt. “We believe so much in that location, the brand we have, and the way we do business,” Elway said. “This is going to be a great marriage for us.”
“We’re always looking for opportunities in the right markets that would be a good fit for the restaurant,” Elway said Monday.
“We felt Vail would be a great market for us with the skiing industry up there, and also during the summer it’s a great destination spot. Plus the location we got, we feel that’s key.”
The Lodge at Vail is in the heart of Vail Village less than a block from Vail Mountain’s Vista Bahn chairlift. Wildflower restaurant and Mickey’s bar, currently in the space, will close July 31, and construction on the new Elway’s begins Aug. 1.
The 5,500-square-foot space will seat 260 guests and is “slightly smaller” than the original Elway’s in Cherry Creek and the second location inside The Ritz-Carlton Denver.
Other add-ons will include a formal fireside dining area, an apres-ski bar and dining space, a covered outdoor dining patio and an open-air patio that will be used as weather permits.
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