Sharon’s restaurant brings comfort food to west side of town |

Sharon’s restaurant brings comfort food to west side of town

Sharon Stone shows off the French toast at her new restaurant in Riverside Plaza.
Scott Franz

Sharon's, which occupies the former Pisa's space, is open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

— Sharon Stone is glad to be back in the restaurant business.

“It’s just really amazing to have my own place again,” Stone said Friday in the new restaurant she opened this month in Riverside Plaza that offers hearty comfort food. “It actually made me cry, more than once, the amount of people who came up to me and said ‘thank you for opening.'”

The opening of Sharon’s comes almost 20 years after Stone closed a restaurant with the same name in West Steamboat that operated from 1988 to 1996.

Longtime Sharon’s patrons said the spirit and feel of the old restaurant lives on in the new one.

“This is like old home week,” local rancher Jo Stanko said Friday after eating a burger at the restaurant. “It’s bringing back some of the historic Steamboat. The food is good. It’s wholesome. We’re so excited she’s back.”

Stanko said Sharon’s continues to be a gathering place for local ranchers who want to drink coffee around a table or get a home-cooked meal.

At Sharon’s, muddy work boots are OK and children can get a plate of French toast for a buck.

And all the comfort food is made from scratch.

“We’re even hoping to have all of our soft drinks from scratch,” Stone said in the dining room that is adorned with pictures of wild horses in the Sand Wash Basin.

Stone brings many years of culinary experience to the kitchen. She started making wedding cakes at age 12 and was catering weddings by 14.

After the original Sharon’s closed, she cooked breakfast at Pisa’s, and she continues to cook for the Flying Diamond Ranch during hunting season.

Stone said the menu at her newest restaurant is almost a copy from the 1988 menu of Sharon’s.

There are pies and cinnamon rolls, burgers and Philly cheese steaks.

Breakfast, with items like biscuits and gravy and French toast, is served through the lunch hour, and there’s an all-you-can-eat Eggs Benedict buffet on the weekends for $9.95.

“I love this restaurant because it brings life to this side of town,” Sk8 Church founder and Sharon’s patron Buck Chavarria said. “There are a lot of cool things about Steamboat that seem to be slipping away, and Sharon’s is a reminder of some of the good things in Steamboat. We have affordable and home-cooked food on this side of town.”

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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