First diners try Willows

Krista Red and Lori Todacheene (left) share conversation and a bite to eat in the newly opened Willows Café & Bistro at the Sky Ute Casino Resort on Wednesday, April 17.
Croissants and pastries from locally renowned bakeries such as the Durango-based Bread and the Sundown Bakery are available at the Willows Café & Bistro.
Redesigned restaurant has a contemporary atmosphere.
Southern Ute tribal elder, Dell Soloman makes a stop at the recently re-opened Cafe & Bistro.
Expresso coffee is one of the perks for the new bistro.
Friendly staff fill the newly opened restaurant.
Casino staffers sample dessert options which will be made available in the Willow Cafe & Bistro.
Krista Red and Lori Todacheene (left) share conversation and a bite to eat in the newly opened Willows Café & Bistro at the Sky Ute Casino Resort on Wednesday, April 17.
Croissants and pastries from locally renowned bakeries such as the Durango-based Bread and the Sundown Bakery are available at the Willows Café & Bistro.
Redesigned restaurant has a contemporary atmosphere.
Southern Ute tribal elder, Dell Soloman makes a stop at the recently re-opened Cafe & Bistro.
Expresso coffee is one of the perks for the new bistro.
Friendly staff fill the newly opened restaurant.
Casino staffers sample dessert options which will be made available in the Willow Cafe & Bistro.
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum

The restaurant — along with the Willows Baja Grille, which served food in the same venue — opened to the public Monday, April 15. The restaurant served 156 meals in its first night. Prior to opening, Shane and Melanie Seibel performed a blessing on the restaurant and its staff.

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