Grand Junction restaurant among contest winners

A Grand Junction restaurant is among three Western Colorado establishments selected as the top winners of a statewide challenge showcasing local fare.

626 on Rood placed third in the 2014 Colorado Roots Restaurant Challenge. The winners were announced during the recent Governor’s Tourism Conference in Westminster.

Locally owned restaurants in Colorado were challenged to share menus, advertising and decor promoting urban and rural culinary experiences. The restaurants also were challenged to promote local products and the local agricultural heritage as well as use farm-to-table sourcing.

More than 40 entries from around the state were received.

“We set out to discover restaurants that embrace Colorado’s culinary roots, and we received a robust response from restaurants all across the state,” said Al White, director of the Colorado tourism Office. “Colorado is rich in heritage, local pride, sustainable practices and regional specialties, and this contest provided us an avenue to unearth and honor some of our culinary charms.”

El Moro Spirits and Tavern in Durango won the challenge. Farm Bistro in Cortez placed second.