New restaurant to hit South Fork with year-round service

Photo by Lyndsie Ferrell Robin Chadwick and her partner Don Burwell are ready to open their new restaurant, The Holy Grill, next weekend in South Fork.

SOUTH FORK — News travels fast in the small mountain town of South Fork and a new restaurant has been the topic of discussion for several weeks now.

Robin Chadwick, owner of the fairly new Bini’s Boutique located on the frontage road between the carwash and Basecamp Sweets, is ready to set out on her newest adventure — The Holy Grill. The restaurant is south of the Rio Grande Hospital Clinic and next to True Grit Excavating.

Chadwick comes to Colorado from Texas but was born in Africa. After moving back to the United States when she was 5 years old, she later delved into the hospitality industry and decided that she wanted to start her own business.

“We were looking at Trinidad but just by happenstance, I booked an Air B&B in the Valley,” Chadwick said. “We realized that Trinidad was two hours away, so we decided to stay. Some friends suggested we visit South Fork, and honestly, we fell in love.”

Armed with about 20 years in the hospitality business, Chadwick set her sights on her new venture earlier this year when she realized that South Fork needed a restaurant that would serve up fresh and daily food and be open year-round with the convenience of a drive-thru.

“We wanted to keep things simple and so we will start out with a menu of burger combos that come with crispy fries and a drink, but we may decide to expand as we move forward,” said Chadwick.

Chadwick has spent the first part of the spring and summer working with her partner Don Burwell, owner of True Grit Excavating, to get a new restaurant built pretty much from scratch. The new establishment is housed in a small shed that has been streamlined and transformed into a state-of-the-art professional grill.

“We wanted it to be set up so that I can work the grill alone if I need to. I am hoping to hire at least two employees to help but the way we have it built, I am confident I can run it alone,” continued Chadwick.

Chadwick’s idea of good food is fresh and never frozen top-grade meat as well as fresh produce.

“As long as people understand the wait is about 10 minutes per order, they will get elevated burgers and high-quality food from us. We will also have steak fries, gourmet grilled cheese and grilled peanut butter and jelly for those, who like me, love it,” Chadwick said with a laugh.

The Holy Grill will be a year-round establishment that offers to-go orders and a drive-thru pickup window option that will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. They will have a grand opening on July 29.