Wild Plum brings new food, wine and energy to base area
December 6, 2014
Steamboat Springs — Dave Sypert said Wild Plum will be the base area’s market for at least the next 40 years.
“We’ve been blown away at the level of response we’ve already gotten from the neighborhood,” the store’s general manager said as a ski patroller from Steamboat Ski Area stopped in to grab something for lunch. “It’s really about being a neighborhood market. We treat it like our family business.”
Wild Plum is the revamp of Market on the Mountain, which closed in the spring after operating across the street in the Village Shopping Center for nearly 40 years.
The new store is in a roomier, more modern space in the Highmark building and sports a full kitchen.
To grasp the scope of all that Wild Plum offers, it’s best to take a tour.
On one end of the store, shoppers have their pick of between 400 to 500 wines and a selection of beers and spirits.
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On the other, diners can have a seat next to large windows with views of the mountain and have a hot lunch served to them.
There are several items on the breakfast menu, and the lunch menu includes gourmet pizzas, scratch soups, hot sandwiches and more items like burgers and fries.
A variety of prepared dinners also can be purchased.
Sypert credits his head chef, Tom Boyer, for the store’s culinary strength.
In the middle of the store, there are aisles and coolers jam packed with grocery items, fresh meats and cheeses and toiletries.
Here, there’s plenty to choose from whether you’re on a quick lunch break from work or you’re a vacationer set to spend a week in Steamboat.
Wild Plum opened in September and is gearing up for the crowds during the first ski season.
It recently started a pizza delivery service that Sypert said will service base area residents and residences as far as the Central Park Plaza area.
The store also will deliver alcohol and other items in addition to the pizza.
“We’re not trying to be everything to everybody, but we’re a lot of things,” Sypert said. “We’re trying to be the place for foodies.”