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Sopris Restaurant

by Christine Dell'Amore

Actor Michael Douglas leaves his vegetables untouched when he dines at Sopris Restaurant in Glenwood Springs.Kurt Wigger, owner of the red V-shaped restaurant on Highway 82 and an old friend of Douglas, claims the actor doesn’t eat them as a joke to make him angry – although judging from the smiling, effusive chef, that doesn’t happen too often.”I give all my customers a personal touch,” Wigger said. “It’s nice when the chef comes to the table and asks how things are going.”Sopris recently celebrated its 30th anniversary as the valley’s little slice of Switzerland. Since 1974, the restaurant has offered European fare, ranging from veal forestiére with morels to Wigger’s own secret butter sauce he still makes in a storeroom with the door closed. But the locals, who make up more than half of Sopris’ clientele, are what keeps Wigger on his feet after 42 years as a chef.Linda Stoltzfus, who owns the Best Value Inn and Suites in Glenwood, has indulged in Wigger’s escargot on Friday evenings for 30 years.


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