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Latitude 105 Alehouse earning rave reviews in early days

Latitude 105 Alehouse, the new restaurant at the Delaware North-owned-and-operated Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park, has only been open for a month — but it’s already made quite an impression on locals and visitors to Estes Park, Colo., near Rocky Mountain National Park.

Under the direction of Executive Chef Jacob Tew, the restaurant has earned rave reviews on social media, with an impressive five-star rating (out of five) on Facebook. Guests have been effusive in their praise.

“The service was amazing, the food we tried was great, the prices were good as well,” said guest Brandon Birkmann in his review. “The manager came to our table, the chef personally delivered custom shakes to his guests, and [we] saw him go table to table, asking how their food was. Class act in my book! Thank you for an amazing happy hour!”

Another diner, Nick Johnson, echoed those sentiments.

“This place is the new hip place to eat in town. Don’t pass up a chance to try their homemade comfort food. Chef Jacob and his crew do an amazing job of serving up a simple but exciting menu of comfort food with a twist,” he said.

The restaurant’s outstanding reviews caught the eye of the Estes Park Trail Gazette, which published a story about Latitude 105 last week.

“We’ve been having customers come back two or three times already,” Food and Beverage Manager Todd Nichols told the newspaper. “We’re really pleased with the reception we’ve gotten. We want to be a part of the fabric of the community, not just another hotel restaurant.”

To that end, the restaurant hosts weekly trivia nights and periodic performances by local musicians. Guests have also taken notice of the locally-sourced menu items, and while diners have praised Latitude 105’s cocktails, milkshakes and tater tot poutine, the real showstopper seems to be its signature burgers.

“I have to say: It was the best burger I have ever had!” said diner M.C. in a review on Yelp.