— Maybell restaurant Net’s Cafe, 60211 Highway 40, recently instated winter hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and closed Mondays and Tuesdays, which will be in effect through February. For more information on Net’s, call 970-272-3500.
Maybell As you venture into the more remote parts of Moffat County, you’ve got to fuel up with some good eats. If you stop in Maybell, you’ll be able to find just that, albeit for fewer daylight hours for the time being.
Maybell restaurant Net’s Cafe has temporarily moved to winter hours, starting at the beginning of the year and running through February. The eatery, visible from U.S. Highway 40 with a hot pink and black sign, is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays and is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Owner Jeanette Bosick said the shorter hours are due to a lull in the colder months that she experienced while keeping regular hours in January and February last year. However, this year’s slow season comes after a very successful period with one key customer base.
“We had a really good hunting season this year compared to last,” she said.
Apart from the locals who frequent the business, as well as firefighters with the Bureau of Land Management, Bosick said she expects to see more traffic as spring and summer weather kicks in.
“We start getting a lot of motocross riders, a lot of tourists,” she said. “In the summer, we get a lot of German travelers, surprisingly. Last year, we got a lot of people in for the horse drive.”
The menu caters to the kind of crowds who like a down-home breakfast and a burger or sandwich with fries for lunch, as well as specialties such as homemade jam. Some of the entrees are inspired by meals from Bosick’s favorite restaurants in Steamboat Springs, Rangely, Grand Junction and Vernal, Utah.
Bosick plans to tinker with some of the selections later this year just to “keep things fresh.”
February also will be a customer appreciation month with regular drawings for a steak and shrimp dinner.
Bosick and her husband, George, have owned Net’s Cafe for about two years. Before they bought it, the business went through numerous name changes and struggled to find its footing.
“It’s gone through a lot of owners in the last 10 years, but we wanted to try and make a go of it and keep people around here fed,” she said. “It’s got potential.”
Melody Villard, director of the Moffat County Tourism Association in Craig, said she regularly refers tourists to the cafe whenever someone is headed west to locations such as Sandwash Basin, Irish Canyon and Gates of Lodore.
“It’s definitely a convenience for travelers, and it’s nice to have that extra amenity in the middle of the county,” Villard said.
Bosick credited her workers for providing a hospitable atmosphere for all who pass through town.
“We have a wonderful staff here, Jackie Coday and Lambert Pitney as our cooks. Crystal Creegan and Mackenzie Camblin as our servers,” Bosick said. “They are not just staff and employees to us, they are great friends and like family to us. We want people to feel like they can come in feel at home, have a great meal and to be able to visit and chat.”
Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.