Fodors Travel Review
  • 05.26.15

Fodors Travel Review

Durango is a meat-and-potatoes kind of town, and the Ore House is Durango's idea of a steak house. The aroma of beef smacks you in the face as you walk past, but there are also organic chicken and wild-caught seafood dishes available. This local favorite serves enormous slabs of aged Angus that are hand cut daily. For a special occasion try the chateaubriand for two ($68). Full review here.

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Learning Every Little Thing About Everything
  • 05.07.15

Learning Every Little Thing About Everything

Attention to detail, motivation and ambition make Ryan Cleveland ideal for the position of bar manager at the Ore House restaurant. Ryan grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, the older of two boys. He started bike racing at age 10, and in 2009, he was recruited for the cycling team at Fort Lewis College. “I fell in love with it,” Ryan shared about Durango. “It was pretty easy to settle here for school.” Looking to work his way through…

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The Ore House Experience
  • 11.06.14

The Ore House Experience

A meal at the Ore House is more than the food. I’ve been the blogger for the Ore House for quite some time now, and I pitched a new idea to Ryan on the heels of Halloween, which is how I found myself in the midst of a character cast on Friday night. The servers at the Ore House embodied Professor Plum (Mark Daley), Mr. Green (Ryan Mass), Mrs. White (Tia Patterson), Miss Scarlet (Lysa Marquez), Mrs. Peacock (Brittney Davila),…

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Unique And Different
  • 08.20.14

Unique and Different

Ore House Chef and Kitchen Manager Cliff Bornheim started cooking as a child, when his mother asked him and his brother, Aaron, prepare one meal a week. “You get tired of cooking one thing, so you start exploring,” said Cliff. Now, Aaron is chef at the Lost Dog and Cliff claims 14 years in the industry. “She kind of hooked us both,” said Cliff. His creativity in the kitchen helped him use ingredients in a unique way when he competed…

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A Love For People, Food And The River
  • 07.04.14

A love for people, food and the river

Chrissy Murrah, the new Dining Room Manager at the Ore House Restaurant, started as a server two years ago. Her restaurant experience, however, extends back even farther than that. When Murrah was 15, she and her best friend started working at Momma’s Boy, which used to be an Italian restaurant on North Main. Murrah moved on to work at Carver’s, and then, through a friend’s suggestion, she applied to the Ore House. She hasn’t looked back. “Being in the restaurant…

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Durango’s Premier Steakhouse Announces New Partnership
  • 06.04.14

Durango’s premier steakhouse announces new partnership

After 42 years in the restaurant business, Beatle Abshagen needed to consider an exit strategy. He started the Ore House Restaurant at age 30 with his business partner, Jim Arias, and, at one point, they owned 11 restaurants across Colorado. Years later, the Ore House Restaurant has remained under Abshagen’s ownership, and continues to be the oldest restaurant existing in Durango today that continues to be operated by the same family. The family is about to get just a little…

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Cowboys And Their Winchesters
  • 05.07.14

Cowboys and their Winchesters

The Ore House not only serves local, organic and sustainable food, but preserves history on its walls and in many display cases. Items vary from a 1890s Hopkins and Allen pocket pistol to a 1940s Poker Book by Silurto, provided by John Hartman, owner of Durango Silver Company. In addition to selling jewelry on location and online, Hartman and his wife, Estell, also mine and cut the turquoise, as well as craft all of the jewelry pieces themselves. They are…

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