Carbondale’s Rock Creek Grill has new look, expanded hours |

Carbondale’s Rock Creek Grill has new look, expanded hours

Gregory Conroy
Carbondale Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Stina Sieg Post Independent

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” With the grass slowly greening up and dusty golf bags starting to come out of storage, River Valley Ranch adds a new player to its clubhouse game just in time.

The 19th hole, as some refer to the clubhouse eatery and lounge, is what Vicco’s Rock Creek Grill and new owner Bart Victor hope to be for River Valley Ranch.

A departure from the previous owners’ standard 10 to 4 operating hours, Victor and his staff will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. So now, tired afternoon golf legs will be able to enjoy a meal or a cocktail well into the evening after they get off the course.

“We want to offer amenities for golf members and for homeowners alike, which, in the past, there hasn’t been,” said Victor of one of his many plans for change since he took over the restaurant.

A resident of the valley off and on since the 1970s, Victor’s knowledge of the restaurant industry and of the sport of golf go way back. As a past president of the Colorado Golf Course Association, and as an active PGA (Professional Golf Association) of America member, Victor said he was able to use his knowledge to better cater to the members, the golfers, the homeowners at River Valley Ranch, and the general public, as well.

For Victor that meant that, along with altering the business hours, he would need to staff up.

Overseeing the kitchen is Tico Star, an accomplished fine-dining chef who pursued his graduate studies in France before returning to the states. Acting as head server for the restaurant is Chris Mullally.

With the new chef at the restaurant also comes a new menu that features various entrees and, of course, Victor’s famous hamburgers.

Having taken over the family’s Charcoal Burger Drive-In in Glenwood Springs a few years ago and done some things with it in terms of renovation, Victor decided that he would bring the famous Charcoal Burger over to the Rock Creek Grill.

“People have been telling me how great it is that now they don’t have to drive down to Glenwood,” Victor said of the proximate convenience for Carbondale residents who are craving a Charcoal Burger.

“It was so popular over there, that I thought we’d just bring it over here (to Rock Creek),” Victor said.

While the list of entrees is still fairly limited for the time being, Victor said that will change once the golf course opens up for the season this month.

Victor also said he intends to branch out and really utilize the location to make it more available for things like events and weddings. Making cocktails and food available poolside at the RVR Ranch House is also a new amenity that Victor said he will be working on with the homeowners association, as well as featuring an outside grill that will serve burgers and hot dogs and the like for hungry golfers making the turn by the clubhouse on their way to the 10th tee.

Ambiance and overall feel of the restaurant is also something that Victor was able to upgrade as the new owner.

“It’s such a beautiful setting, we wanted to give people a sense of warmth and give it some personality,” Victor said.

Patrons dining in the Rock Creek Grill can now get a sense of yesteryear and of nostalgia as vintage golf attire and clubs adorn the walls. Inside the bar room can be found old vintage gas pumps and old road signs as well.

“We’re excited to give it a bit of a facelift, a bit of a boost,” Victor said. “And we thought we’d give it sort of a nostalgic theme.”

Victor, along with the staff of the new Rock Creek Grill, said that since the reopening, they’ve received nothing but kind remarks and compliments on the new feel of the restaurant and have heard from various homeowners that they are happy that he is the new owner.

“In the two weeks we’ve been open everybody and the homeowners are saying that they are so grateful that we are here,” Victor said.

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