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What: Sidewayz restaurant
Where: Mather's Club, 420 Yampa St. in Craig
When: Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, and closed Sundays
— Sidewayz's grand opening celebration is Feb. 28, but it will be open during normal operating hours beginning today.
After years of cooking in restaurants owned by others, Mike Breen and his wife, Amanda, finally have taken the plunge and opened their own restaurant, Sidewayz.
“I’ve always wanted to, ever since I can remember,” Mike Breen said.
The couple had their soft opening Thursday at their location inside Mather’s Club.
“Things just finally fell together,” Amanda Breen said. “The timing was right, we were in a good place, and the price was right. Mather’s actually offered us the opportunity.”
Mike Breen has worked at restaurants in Craig and Steamboat Springs, including nearly 10 years working and training with Josh Lawson at Bad to the Bone.
Family friend Betty Miesner said Mike has his own following from all the places he has cooked, and she said it’s a large following for a good reason.
“I haven’t always necessarily been proud of what I’m putting out at other places,” Mike said. “But I had no control over that. Now I can be proud of what I put out here.”
Mike said starting up the restaurant has been fun, as well as a lot of work. It’s been more stressful then he expected.
But Amanda said Mike still manages to find the time for the little details of his work.
“He puts in the extra minute to dazzle it up,” Amanda said. “He’ll do a lemon and lime twist with it. He adds the garnishes and presentation.”
Mike said he would focus on creating good and fresh food that’s not just bar or fast food. He said he also plans to focus on providing carry out and delivery service.
“I may never have been to culinary school, but I know what people like and I know what tastes good,” Mike said. “It’s a passion, not a job.”
Darian Warden can be reached at 875-1793 or firstname.lastname@example.org