Beau Jo's to replace Buffalo ValleyAspen Times News for Aspen Colorado - Dining
to replace Buffalo Valley
, a Colorado pizza chain, will replace the venerable Buffalo Valley in Glenwood Springs. (Kara K. Pearson)
...GLENWOOD SPRINGS - Beau Jo's signature mountain pies and honey-covered pizza crust are coming to Glenwood Springs, replacing the venerable Buffalo Valley restaurant run by longtime owner Kurt Wigger.
...Wigger is preparing to sell the Highway 82 establishment and Chip Bair, principal owner of Beau Jo's, a Colorado pizza chain, is preparing to step in.
According to Beau Jo's
website, the original restaurant opened in Idaho Springs, Colo. in 1973, followed by seven others.Now, locations are due to open in Boulder and Glenwood Springs
.Incidentally, the environmentally conscious restaurants use wind and solar power, according to the website.
As for Buffalo Valley, the large buffalo above the fireplace and other mounted animals may come down, but Beau Jo's
may keep some of its predecessor's fare on the menu.
The full-scale kitchen provides opportunities that aren't available at other Beau Jo's
noted.In addition to possibly keeping some of Wigger's dishes on the menu to complement Beau Jo's
core menu, Bair is kicking around ideas like serving a lemon chicken dish his wife cooks.
Diners will find Beau Jo's
healthier options on the menu - gluten-free pizza, for example.
The décor and the exterior of the building likely won't change a lot, since it already fits well with Beau Jo's
mountain style, said Bair, who has been interested in establishing a restaurant in Glenwood Springs for some time.