C onstructing a 16,000 square-foot building at 11,200 feet of elevation is a feat in and of itself, but what makes Lunch Rock Restaurant stand apart from any number of on-mountain restaurants found at nearly every ski resort is its array of one-of-a-kind features. Deftly combining the vintage with the modern, Lunch Rock Restaurant simultaneously feels new and yet comfortably cozy. Most importantly, however, Lunch Rock stays true to the rich history of Mary Jane Territory and those who have loved it for generations.
While the Colorado-themed menu and Colorado craft beers will surely satisfy the palate, Lunch Rock Restaurant is a feast for the eyes as well. Look for the following features, all of them completely unique to Lunch Rock, during your next visit.
Custom Metal Work:
Both inside and outside the restaurant features a number of metal accoutrements that were created in Winter Park Resort's own weld shop. These include everything from indoor and outdoor signage, to chandeliers and sconces, to the screen in front of the cozy fireplace.
Mary Jane Territory's most ardent loyalists are also known for their dedication to skiing/riding and typically don't take a lot of breaks. Lunch Rock's "hydration station" allows those die-hards to quickly come in, fill up a water bottle or Camelback at specially designed taps, and continue their conquest of North America's best mogul and tree skiing.
Mary Jane's heritage, and really the history of skiing in Grand County, can be traced directly back to the Denver, Northwestern and Pacific Railroad, which rumbled through the Fraser Valley as early as 1904. In fact, many of the Mary Jane Territory's most popular trails; Trestle, Needle's Eye, Riflesight Notch, to name a few, pay homage to the Moffat Road that climbed over the Continental Divide and into Winter Park. It's only fitting that the surface of the High Craft Bar is constructed from the floor of a retired box car.
Lift Haul Rope Foot Rail:
After bellying up to the High Craft Bar and ordering a delicious Mary Jane Ale, rest your boots on a specially designed foot rail made from the original haul rope of the High Lonesome Express chairlift, which was installed in 1985 to allow visitors easy access to the Mary Jane Territory and Lunch Rock from the Winter Park Territory.
Repurposed Beetle Kill:
A top priority for any Winter Park Resort construction project is that it fits within its environment while adhering to Winter Park's own high standards for sustainability. Since the pine beetle epidemic swept through Grand County in the early 2000s, Winter Park has worked closely with the United States Forest Service to treat and remove over 600 acres of dead timber. Some of that pine beetle kill has been repurposed in tables, doors, mantles, and benches. You can tell a given piece of wood is pine beetle kill by its ethereal blue hue. To bring out the color of the wood, Winter Park Resort crews developed a special homemade stain that gives the tables a brilliant sheen.
High Craft Bar Art:
Behind the High Craft Bar is an eye-catching art piece hand-made especially for Lunch Rock Restaurant. It is an exact topographical reproduction of the site on which the restaurant was built.