Cameron Wideman checks the next order he'll start cooking up in the kitchen at Double Barrel Steakhouse. Wideman is one of 17 employees who work at the Craig restaurant, which won Best Place to Work (less than 20 employees) for the 2013 Best of Moffat County. The restaurant moved to Craig from Hayden last August.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Cameron Wideman checks the next order he'll start cooking up in the kitchen at Double Barrel Steakhouse. Wideman is one of 17 employees who work at the Craig restaurant, which won Best Place to Work (less than 20 employees) for the 2013 Best of Moffat County. The restaurant moved to Craig from Hayden last August.

Best of Moffat County: Double Barrel Steakhouse wins best place to work with under 20 employees

Among the managers and employees at Double Barrel Steakhouse on Ranney Street, one word comes up consistently: family.

That attitude is one major reason for the restaurant winning best place to work in Moffat County (less than 20 employees) despite this being its first year in the county.

Double Barrel moved to Craig from Hayden last August and immediately became a hit with locals who had enjoyed its food and service as part of a smaller operation before. The move to Craig was ideal for Ann Marie and Pat Roberts to be closer to home and to expand. They had a fun, tight-knit staff of six in Hayden, but now have 17 in Craig.

While gaining in size, they haven’t lost the fun atmosphere, employees said.

“We want all of the staff to come and enjoy their job,” said. Sherry Welch, a cook at Double Barrel who came from Hayden to Craig along with the restaurant. “You come to work, smile and laugh. We love to laugh here.”

Welch has been with Double Barrel for more than five years now, but even the more recent employees enjoy their jobs because of the atmosphere cultivated at the restaurant by the Robertses.

“Pat and Ann Marie always keep it calm,” said Cameron Wideman. “It’s a relaxed environment and it doesn’t bother me at all to come here and work any day of the week. They work with us; we’re all putting the time in.”

Being a flexible manager and treating employees as equals is an important aspect of managing to Ann Marie.

“I don’t think you can do much else and have success,” she said. “We all have a lot of respect for each other here and because of that, I think everybody is willing to help cover shifts and make it work. There’s some days where you’ve just got something going on. Here you can ask for some help or ask for the day off and not feel guilty about it.”

Kelsie Pomeroy, a server at the restaurant who just graduated from Moffat County High School and is able to balance her time on the job with taking college courses for her education.

“I love how relaxed it is here, and they always work with your schedule,” Pomeroy said. Pat and Ann Marie “are really easy to talk to about whatever.”

Moving the restaurant to Craig was not without its bumps and bruises that usually come with big transitions. Welch said training a host of new employees in the kitchen and getting everyone on the same page was a stressful change. But they got past the newcomers phase and it has been much smooth sailing since, she said.

“It is nice recognition from the community,” Roberts said about the award. “I know our staff works really hard, so you have to credit them for that.”

Wideman said it goes beyond just the staff, however, to the entire atmosphere while working at Double Barrel.

“It’s more of a family feeling here,” he said. “This is one of the best jobs I’ve ever had.”

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com

Best of Moffat County 2013

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