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About Us

Tucked away in a rustic log cabin just to the north of downtown Estes Park, the Twin Owls Steakhouse has been one of Estes Park’s foremost dining and event destinations for the past twenty years. Established by Ed Grueff in 1999, and operating under the care of Jim and Jennie Edwards from 2000 to 2011, the Steakhouse was purchased by Sandra Huerta and Thad Eggen in 2012.

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Meet the Owners

With nearly forty years between them spent amidst the beauty of the Rocky Mountains, owners Sandra Huerta and Thad Eggen have made a lifelong home for themselves in the Estes Valley. Together with their son Mateo, they take every opportunity to enjoy all the adventures that this spectacular corner of the world has to offer.

Now, in 2019, Sandra and Thad are proud to celebrate seven years of ownership, and to mark the twentieth anniversary of the premiere fine dining establishment in the Estes Valley. With many exciting changes in the works for 2020 and beyond, we know that the Twin Owls will continue as a favorite for new arrivals to the Valley and old friends alike, and hope to see you and yours many times in the years and decades to come.

Sandra Huerta

Sandra Huertes

Sandra Huerta is a Colorado native who has lived in Estes Park since 1999, she has been with Twin Owls from the very beginning. Starting out as a hostess before shifting her focus and talents toward developing the Steakhouse into the quintessential Colorado wedding and event venue. She still slips behind the host stand on occasion, but most of her time is now spent working to ensure that every detail of every wedding, rehearsal dinner and family reunion is planned to perfection.

With more than fifteen years spent booking and coordinating events for the Steakhouse, Sandra has worked tirelessly to transform Twin Owls into one of Estes’ most desirable locale for events of every kind. Since taking over ownership of the Steakhouse, Sandra has also made the Twin Owls a centerpiece of the community. Working with the Estes Valley Wedding Association, the Estes Park Economic Development Corporation and with multiple local charities, she has helped to ensure that the Estes Valley continues to be a wonderful place both to work and to live.

Thad Eggen

Sandra Huertes

Born in Kansas, Thad Eggen made his way to the Rocky Mountains just as quickly as he could. Living and working in Estes Park since 1997, he is now one of the Valley’s premiere restaurateurs.

Thad took over as General Manager of the Twin Owls Steakhouse in 2009, and has spent the last decade building the Steakhouse into one of Estes Park’s most well-regarded fine dining destinations. A jack of all trades and a master of each, Thad can just as easily be found behind the bar making drinks as he can be on the floor delivering food or helping the kitchen through a busy summer night. He also plays an active role in the community, working with the Estes Park Cycling Coalition, the local Boy Scout troop, and other local businesses, all with an eye toward making Estes Park the best of all Colorado’s mountain towns.

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Meet Our Chef

Chef Brant Price

Now in his fifteenth year as head chef of the Twin Owls Steakhouse, Chef Brant Price has been instrumental in creating one of the finest dining experiences the Rocky Mountains have to offer.  

Crafting menus centered on locally-sourced ingredients, and drawing on his passions for seafood, barbecue and Italian classics, Chef Brant and his kitchen team make every appetizer, entree and dessert into a unique and memorable experience.   

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