Restaurant Design: Royal Gorge North Visitor's Center

When a wildfire raged through one of Colorado's premier attractions, the chance to create something new was seen as a bright opportunity.

On June 11, 2013, a wildfire spread through Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, causing catastrophic damage to the popular attraction. The pinion and cedar tree landscape was devastated by the Royal Gorge Fire, and just about everything in the 360-acre park was destroyed. Somehow, the historic bridge was left untouched.

Utilizing this event as a hopeful opportunity to revitalize the area, the Royal Gorge Park selected the Beck Group as the General Contractor for the project. Recognizing the expertise of the Tundra Design Group, the Beck Group brought us in on a design-build basis for rebuilding the North Visitor's Center on a fast track schedule.

The scope of work for the new North Visitor's Center included a bar and dining room with full menu offerings designed to provide food and beverage service for park visitors. In addition, the park wanted the ability to cater to large groups for special events--a perfect space to take in one of the most scenic vistas in Colorado. Our layouts for the kitchen and dining room were designed to highlight the scenery while also maximizing efficiency for the staff. Diners at the bar in Café 1230 can sample a selection of cocktails and brews seated next to a cozy fireplace or enjoying the open patio.

Our design team is equipped to handle a broad scope of tasks related to the project. In additional to layout planning, our team assisted with MEP drawings, specifications, stainless and millwork fabrications, and navigating health department requirements for equipment installations.

The new North Visitor's Center building opened in August of 2014 and everyone is thrilled with the new facility!


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