Beano's Cabin is located on Beaver Creek Mountain within the White River National Forest. During the winter the restaurant is accessible via an open-air sleigh pulled by a snow cat. Please call (970) SKI-DINE/754-3463 for more information.
It’s been nearly a century since Frank Bienkowski left behind the city life of Chicago to stake out a homestead in the mountains of Colorado. Likely drawn to the same starry nights and “see-forever” days that still entice many to Beaver Creek, the Polish immigrant Bienkowski settled right here in this very meadow in the shadow of Grouse Mountain, and came to be known simply as “Beano.”
Beano carved out a meager home for himself in the high country, raising lettuce and hay on his little ranch, while also toiling in the Aurora mine at the head of the valley. In the summer, Beano could be seen driving his little wagon down the mountain into Avon to peddle his lettuce and mail letters back home to Chicago. In the winter his trips were made on snowshoes, and stories were told of Beano blistering into town on “Norwegian Snowshoes”—the ten-foot wooden skis of the time.
Opened in 1986, Beano’s Cabin continues its tradition of culinary excellence and offers an unequaled mountain dining experience. Inspired by Beano, our executive Chef Bill Greenwood cultivates a summer garden next to the replica of his original cabin to provide the freshest ingredients nature has to offer.
Beano’s Cabin has consistently been awarded the Distinguished Restaurants of North America and Wine Spectator "Best of" awards, and maintains a passionate commitment to supporting local and organic producers of Colorado meat, fish, produce and cheese. In the warmer months, Beano’s Cabin can be reached in true western style via scenic horseback or wagon ride, and in the winter guests can enjoy the wonderful open-air sleigh ride under the same starry skies that brought Beano to the mountains nearly a hundred years ago.