El Rancho

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An iconic restaurant,

brewery, and music venue

Historic El Rancho

Serving Colorado-mountain cuisine and incredible front range views since 1948

El Rancho is exactly what you crave –mashed potatoes dripping in gravy, Sunday night prime rib, weekend brunches and margaritas right on tap. All the classics, all the comfort, and all the Colorado –with the delight you’d expect from a Bonanno restaurant.

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Our Bonanno Concepts have brought intentional deliciousness and delight to Colorado through our 13 (and counting) Bonanno Concept restaurants. We hope to do justice to this icon. When you come in, take note of the pine chairs, just as beautiful and durable today as they were when Trader Jack built them for El Rancho in 1949. They’re designed to flip around –backwards– so you can rest your arms on the back to better view cock fights. There’s history in the making here. Can’t wait for you to be a part of it!

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The Beginning

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In 1947 the Jahnke family built a restaurant in the Colorado foothills and a home above it for their sons.

Two decades later, the McEncroes moved in, filling El Rancho with their own family and restaurant plans, and for thirty years, the McEncroes imbued these log cabins –with their spectacular view of the Continental Divide– with life and energy, and now, in its 75th year

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El Rancho is an icon, a piece of Colorado history.

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