Elway’s Vail Opens at The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort

22 November 2011
 Iconic Colorado steakhouse opens first location outside of Denver
VAIL, Colo., Nov. 22, 2011 – Elway’s Vail is now open in a newly renovated space located in the heart of Vail Village at The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort, less than a block from the base of Vail Mountain. Elway’s Vail is open for après ski from 2:30 p.m. daily with dinner service starting at 5:00 p.m. daily. Reservations can be made by calling (970) 754-7818 or online at Elways.com

Named for former Denver Bronco quarterback and NFL Hall of Fame Inductee John Elway, Elway’s Vail is the restaurant’s first location outside of Denver and the third location in the collection. The original Elway’s in Denver’s tony Cherry Creek neighborhood debuted in 2004. A second location followed in 2008 in downtown Denver at The Ritz-Carlton Denver.

"In our opinion The Lodge at Vail is the best restaurant location in Vail and we're excited about aligning our strong Elway's brand with the powerful brands of Vail and Vail Resorts. We look forward to serving Vail visitors from all over the world, residents from throughout the Vail Valley, and seeing so many of our Denver guests who ski and vacation in Vail,” says John Elway, a partner in Elway’s and Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Denver Broncos. 
Executive Chef Shawn Cubberley will be front and center in the brand new exhibition kitchen that is the focal point of the restaurant. Cubberley, a four year Elway’s culinary veteran, leads the team in Vail. Culinary Director Tyler Wiard is the creative force behind the Elway’s menus and oversees quality and specifications for all three Elway’s kitchens. 
General Manager Joe Infantino and Assistant General Manager Steve Kingsbury are management alums from the Cherry Creek restaurant and are looking forward to bringing the award-winning Elway’s culture to the Vail Valley. Elway’s has been named Best Steakhouse by numerous local and regional publications.
The menu at Elway’s Vail reflects the most popular signature items on the Cherry Creek board and offers hand-cut, aged USDA prime steaks, fresh seafood and shellfish, Colorado Rack of Lamb, Dashi-braised Chilean Seabass, Grilled King Canyon Buffalo Ribeye and Elway’s delicious Smash Burger. Signature side dishes include King Crab Fried Rice, Brussels Sprout Hash and Creamed Corn. Appetizers and lighter items include John’s Salad with house made Green Goddess dressing, Charred Red Pepper Soup, Dungeness Crab Cakes and Lamb Chop Fondue, a perennial top seller. 
Après-ski guests can enjoy selections from Elway’s unique appetizer list and bar menu. Bar manager Linnea Bergman and her team will include ingredients from the ever-growing regional distillery movement including Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey and several of the spirits in the Leopold Bros. collection.
Elway’s will also have an extensive wine list with wine by the glass and 350+ selections available by the bottle including several Colorado wines. Sommelier Jim Lay a long-time fixture on the Vail dining scene, promises old favorites and a few surprises on the Elway’s wine list.
Construction of the new Elway’s wrapped up in mid-November. Designed by Denver-based Oz Architecture, the new restaurant encompasses approximately 5,500 total square feet, including outdoor spaces. The restaurant features natural wood, raw steel and light stone throughout three separate interior dining areas. Each offers a distinct experience for guests to enjoy; an intimate formal fireside dining area that can also be reserved for groups; a larger, more casual dining space that includes a lively bar perfect for après-ski; and a covered outdoor dining patio that can be used year round. Finally, there is an additional expansive outdoor patio that will be open for cocktails and casual dining as weather permits.
About Elway’s
Located in Denver’s distinctive Cherry Creek neighborhood and in Downtown Denver at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, and now in The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort, Elway’s award-winning menu boasts USDA hand cut prime steaks, fresh fish, and much more. Elway’s was recently named Best Steakhouse by 5280 magazine and Westword, The Cherry Creek restaurant is located at 2500 East 1st Avenue. Elway’s Downtown is at 1881 Curtis Street.  www.elways.com
John Imbergamo, The Imbergamo Group - Elway’s 

Susan Darch, Vail Resorts and RockResorts

About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resort properties of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone mountain resorts in Colorado, and the Heavenly Ski Resort and Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort property and hotel company, manages casually elegant properties across the United States and in the Caribbean. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.

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