Rifle’s Base Camp is like a second home | PostIndependent.com

Rifle’s Base Camp is like a second home

Heidi Rice
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kara K. Pearson Post Independent

RIFLE ” Whether you’re a regular or just stop in now and then at the Base Camp Cafe on Third Street, chances are you’ve met Lori Vigil.

With her quick smile and helpful attitude, Vigil works as the hostess at the restaurant, where she greets customers, runs the cash register, takes phone orders and helps out the waitresses any way she can.

“And sometimes I get to sit down with people and say, ‘How’re you doing?'” Vigil said honestly. “I love this job. I meet and greet people every day ” this is like my second family.”

And like the old TV show “Cheers,” if you’re a regular at the restaurant, chances are that Vigil knows your name.

“I know what these people are going to drink and where they’re going to sit,” she said with a smile. “And about 80 percent of them know my name, too.”

Base Camp Cafe is especially busy during hunting season ” sometimes so much so that there isn’t room for the regulars. But mostly the customers include regular coffee drinkers and oil and gas workers who come in for breakfast and lunch.

According to Vigil, one of the most popular breakfast specials on the menu is the O’Brien ” a dish of hash browns topped with onions, green peppers, cheddar cheese and two eggs any style with a choice of toast, biscuits or dollar-sized pancakes.

At lunch, a chicken-fried steak sandwich with country gravy for dipping tops the list.

“And the home-cut french fries are also very popular,” she added.

Vigil, who winks when she describes her age as “40-something,” has worked at Base Camp for the past two years with shifts that usually run from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

When she’s not working, she likes to spend time with her children and grandchildren.

“I love the hours (at Base Camp), especially during the summer,” she said. “I go home and I have 20 minutes of ‘me’ time. I walk in the door and kick off my shoes.”

Then it’s time for family, which includes her daughter, Breann, 22, and two sons, Bryson, 18, and Taylor, 16. She also enjoys time spent with her best friend, Morgan Bear of Rifle.

Originally from Utah, Vigil came to Rifle with her then-husband, who was transferred here as a coal miner. Vigil has now lived in Rifle for 20 years.

And although she has held other jobs in the area, she says the Base Camp Cafe and owners Michael and Karen Meskin have been good to her.

“I have a lot of respect for them,” Vigil said. “I’ve had other job offers, but I like it here. I’m taken care of.”

And not only by her employers, but by her customers who care.

“One day I came in late by about 15 minutes,” Vigil said with a smile and shaking her head. “The guys in front told me they were worried. It made me feel special.”

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