New slant on old standard

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New slant on old standard

40 years on, Durango’c iconic Ore House restaurant gets nip and tuck
Ore House co-owner Beatle Abshagen, left, General Manager Ryan Lowe, center, and Jerry Pope, co-owner of Timberline Builders, work to rehang a diorama of Mesa Verde in preparation for the restaurant’s reopening.
Durango’s oldest steak house, the Ore House, prepares to celebrate 40 years of business with a remodeled kitchen and new technology to improve service.
Fine wine by the glass is one of the changes at the Ore House restaurant, which has been closed for renovations since Jan. 2. The Cruvinet nitrogen sealant system at the new bar will allow the single pours and then seal the bottle to preserve the remainder.
Employees and their families celebrated the 15th anniversary of the Ore House in 1987. The restaurant has been in the same place on College Drive since it opened in 1972.
Beetle Abshagen, co-owner of the Ore House, stands with one of the restaurant’s two murals that were painted in 1990 by Durango artist John W. Cook.
Ore House co-owner Beetle Abshagen, left, and General Manager Ryan Lowe, work to rehang a diorama of Mesa Verde.
A brand new kitchen surrounds Ore House General Manager Ryan Lowe.
The signature arched brick walls were retained in the Ore House remondel.
A plaque and mining tools hang over the Ore House restaurant’s front door.
Ore House employees will no longer have to wash their hands manually thanks to an automatic hand-washing machine that sterilizes hands in 11 seconds.

New slant on old standard

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Ore House co-owner Beatle Abshagen, left, General Manager Ryan Lowe, center, and Jerry Pope, co-owner of Timberline Builders, work to rehang a diorama of Mesa Verde in preparation for the restaurant’s reopening.
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Durango’s oldest steak house, the Ore House, prepares to celebrate 40 years of business with a remodeled kitchen and new technology to improve service.
Fine wine by the glass is one of the changes at the Ore House restaurant, which has been closed for renovations since Jan. 2. The Cruvinet nitrogen sealant system at the new bar will allow the single pours and then seal the bottle to preserve the remainder.
Employees and their families celebrated the 15th anniversary of the Ore House in 1987. The restaurant has been in the same place on College Drive since it opened in 1972.
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Beetle Abshagen, co-owner of the Ore House, stands with one of the restaurant’s two murals that were painted in 1990 by Durango artist John W. Cook.
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Ore House co-owner Beetle Abshagen, left, and General Manager Ryan Lowe, work to rehang a diorama of Mesa Verde.
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A brand new kitchen surrounds Ore House General Manager Ryan Lowe.
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The signature arched brick walls were retained in the Ore House remondel.
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A plaque and mining tools hang over the Ore House restaurant’s front door.
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Ore House employees will no longer have to wash their hands manually thanks to an automatic hand-washing machine that sterilizes hands in 11 seconds.
Ore House Chicken Tarragon

This classic recipe has stood the test of time. It first appeared in Specialty of the House, a collection of recipes from Durango restaurants, published in 1979.
1 chicken breast
1 tablespoon flour
Dash white pepper
2 tablespoons clarified butter
1 ounce sauterne wine
½ cup mushrooms, chopped
¼ cup scallions, chopped
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
Pinch of tarragon
Skin and bone chicken breast, cut into 6 pieces, and dust in flour and white pepper.
In small skillet, melt butter and brown chicken pieces over high heat.
Pour off excess butter and add wine, mushrooms and scallions.
Cook until wine is reduced.
Add cream and a pinch of tarragon.
Cook over low heat until cream thickens like a gravy, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Serve on a bed of rice in an individual casserole dish.

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