Steamboat Springs After three years of 15 seats and sometimes lines out the door, Rachel’s Smokin’ Cafe has moved from a small building near Oak Creek town offices to Main Street.
Rachel Green has brought her barbecue and trademark sauces to the building that used to house The Oak Restaurant.
Nothing will change with Rachel’s Smokin’ BBQ sauce, Green said. She’s moved the same trusted vat with her, and bottles still are being filled by hand.
The Main Street location even has a display case in the front so everyone who stops in remembers to take some sauce to go.
Green said she sold six quarts Thursday and said business has been going well in the three weeks since she moved the restaurant.
After being approached by the owner of the building about moving in, the cafe was up and running a week after getting settled in its new digs.
The biggest change, Green said, is all the extra room.
The restaurant now can handle 80 people. Increased storage space and a walk-in refrigerator allowed Green to expand the menu and offer specials during the week, such as prime rib on Fridays and Saturdays and chicken-fried steak on Saturdays.
“We’ve added a lot of things,” she said. “Ribs are selling like crazy.”
Breakfast service, which was often overlooked at the old location, also has more options available. Catering service will continue in the new location.
“People didn't know what I did,” Green said.
Rachel’s Smokin’ Cafe is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to close, which Green said typically has been from about 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays.
The town has responded to the extra space and new menu items, she said.
“They’re just supporting me like you wouldn't believe,” Green said, adding that Friday morning was the first lull in two weeks.
The new spot on Main Street also has helped Green capture more traffic from those passing through Oak Creek on Colorado Highway 131.
“A lot of people are first-timers,” Green said. “They just stop 'cause I’m on Main Street.”
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