Years of experience, the FoodNetwork and a few cocktails were all it took for Chmurny Cain and Leslie Day to discover that their dream of owning a restaurant in Breckenridge was not far out of sight.
The ladies ran the Breckenridge Brewery for 14 years. They always wanted to own a restaurant of their own and when they heard that the St. Bernard was closing, they realized the opportunity and over a few cocktails, they came up with the name and theme. The Motherloaded Tavern. “Breckenridge was full of burger joints and pizza places. Watching the FoodNetwork daily, they noticed that no one yet in Summit county was targeting southern-style, home cooking,” Chmurny said. “Fried Twinkies, sweet tea, Boones Farm wine, mac & cheese, pot roast, chicken & waffles sounded like great ideas!”
It started with the old west mining term “mother lode.” Then came ideas of filling the place with images of our mothers/grandmothers and getting “loaded” with money if we were busy, or getting “loaded” with the booze we bought if the place tanked. Put all those ideas together and they came up with the name “The MotherLoaded Tavern.” (Also known as the MLT or The Loaded). The MLT officially opened November 2006.
The MLT is full of character. The ladies have searched antique stores and garage sales. They always find something to put on the walls during vacations. Clients continually send stuff from home after they visit (license plates, photos, etc.). There is a little piece of everyone that works there to be found within the walls, as well. The MLT really prides themselves on being different from the typical places you see in a resort town. During the summer, the patio turns into a “paradise,” equipped with a crappy old trailer. Chmurny said it took some work to saw all the sides off, put it on the wall as art and to create our trailer park patio. “After a few shots, you would be surprised how creative you can get.”
The food is mostly inspired from regions across the United States. Orka and fried chicken from the south, loco moco and spam from Hawaii, cheese curds from Wisconsin, steak and cheese from Philly, Maryland crab cakes, Truck stop chili from just about anywhere, and the rest we learned as we grew up in our own homes. Recipes have come from all over the place: from the Betty Crocker CookBook to the All-American Truck Stop Cookbook, to the creative minds of our chef and owner. Chmurny really listen to their clients and respond to their needs: the menu changes twice a year to feature new fun things and to bring back old classics patrons may miss.
As the name would suggest, the MLT pretty proud of their booze (as well as the food). Ryan, MLT bar manager, spends a good bit of time every season coming up with great drinks. Most of the signature cocktails are served in fat mason jars with patio grown herbs, fresh fruits and house infused booze (jalapeno, cranberry, pickle to name a few). Trained as a sommelier, Ryan chooses wines that are really tasty and very reasonably priced. Pabst Blue Ribbon, PBR, is a Breckenridge classic and the MLT serves this 24 oz can of glory out of a brown paper bag. Classy, we know. Did someone say “shots”? Yeah, they have those: the Dirty Sanchez, the Tsunami, and the Courtyard Special to name a few. The MLT is very proud to offer Colorado and local drinks: Bloody Marys with “Motherlode” Bloody Mary mix, Breckenridge Brewery Avalanche Ale, and Breckenridge Distillery”s Breck Bourbon and Breck Vodka.
And if you weren”t entertained enough by the food, drink and atmosphere, The Loaded throws in a bunch of entertainment, too! Live music every Friday, Saturday, and drinking holiday nights, open mic night on Mondays, trivia on Tuesdays, and porch parties on Sundays during the summer with corn hole and live music. Happy Hour runs every day of the week from 3-6: $1 off shots and beers, $2 off anything else, & $5 food menu. A late night food menu is available until we give last call at 1:15 a.m. Always keep tuned to motherloadedtavern.com and on Facebook for seasonal events like Monday night football specials and Ullr Fest parties. Brandon Doza has created a fantastic website and linked The MotherLoaded to Facebook and they can also be followed on Twitter.
Chmurny Cain is from Maryland (MUST try her Maryland Crab Cakes in the summer). She came out to Breck in the fall of 1991. Her father wanted to buy a rental condo so he could come out anytime to fish for trout. Chmurny was living in Baltimore at the time, translating Russian for a trade council. Her apartment in Fells Point was broken into twice and her car four times. So she jumped at the chance to flee the big city, make a home in the Rockies, and learn to snowboard! Twenty-two years later, Chmurny is a raft guide, a cross-country skier, a snowboarder, a Vespa driver, a Shiba Inu fan, in love with her rock, Justin Stone (who is one of the local live music talents at the MLT and owner of Sunlogic) and a proud restaurant owner with two full knee replacements and new hip on order! People ask all the time if she am the “mother”… she has to tell them that she is actually the “loaded”, as her only children are the ones that work with her.
The Motherloaded Tavern is a one-of-a-kind, home-cookin”, mother-lovin” place to have a family dinner or drinks with your friends. They are located at 103 S. Main Street. Be sure to check out their line of MLTees and Got MILF? goodies. Follow them on Twitter to keep up on daily specials. Chmurny wants to throw out a huge thanks to Michelle Doza and Ryan Leibelt for holding down the “mothership!”