The Fireside is here to stay, says owner Ernst Schopp. He resumed operation of the restaurant formerly known as Cynthia's, changed back the name, and put in place a manager and chef who are committed to the success of the business.
Ernst Schopp is an experienced restaurateur who expanded to Delta in 1989. Over the years, the building at 820 Highway 92 has had several tenants, including two of Ernst's sons. For five years, it was known as Miller's Deitch Haus. Most recently it was operated by a South African couple who had no prior restaurant experience. They hired Lisa Stanley as manager, and she has agreed to stay on, enlisting the help of a former co-worker, Robert Tyson. Tyson is a chef with 45 years of experience in all types of cuisine. He began his career on the East Coast and in 1978 moved to Colorado, where southwest flavors began to influence his cooking.
Relying on their experience, Lisa and Robert decided to offer a smaller menu with lower prices. Both are committed to the freshest ingredients possible. Robert bakes the dinner rolls and hamburger buns, whips up soups and dressings from scratch, and concocts homemade desserts, including taste-tempting varieties of ice cream such as salted caramel banana Heath. As warm weather approaches, Robert is eager to incorporate the area's seasonal fruits and vegetables in desserts and entrees.
For lunch, sandwiches are priced at $7.95, $8.95 and $9.95. Daily specials are on a regular rotation, with New England clam chowder every Friday. The Fireside also has happy hour specials Monday-Friday.
Dinner entrees include the always popular chicken fried steak and chicken fried chicken, as well as pork schnitzel, homemade gnocchi, lobster macaroni and cheese, and prime rib every Friday and Saturday.
The Fireside's warm, inviting interior has not changed, nor have the hours -- 11 to 9 Monday-Thursday, 11 to 10 Friday, and 4 to 10 Saturday.
Lisa and Robert welcome your feedback, and would appreciate the opportunity to discuss catering your special event. They can be reached at 874-7688.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.