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La Montana closing after 34-year run in Steamboat Springs

La Montana opened in 1982. The restaurant's last night is Thursday.

— Thursday is the last call for margs at one of Steamboat Springs’ most-established Mexican restaurants.

La Montana is closing its doors after 34 years of business near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

“It was a good run, and I’m happy to have been a part of it,” owner Katie Weeks said Wednesday.

Weeks recently sold the restaurant to a buyer who plans to move away from the Mexican concept.

She said she has heard the new owner will feature comfort food and plans to remodel the restaurant.

La Montana was established in 1982 by photographer Tom Garrett and his wife, Sunny.

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They owned the restaurant until 2007.

Garrett’s photography still graces the walls of the dining room.

Weeks said the final days at La Montana have been busy.

“A lot of my customers are pretty depressed they won’t be able to have camarones and pepita tuna here anymore,” Weeks said. “They’ve been frequenting the restaurant a little more now.”

The restaurant employees about 38 people.

Weeks said the hardest part will be saying goodbye to those employees, the customers and the friends she has made at the restaurant.

She said some of the employees have worked at La Montana for more than 20 years.

“It’s really the people that make this business,” she said.

La Montana is still accepting reservations for Thursday, the final night.

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