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Brenda’s Old West Cafe in Bayfield celebrates 25 years

Restaurant offers home-cooked meals to fans around Four Corners
Brenda Hieb, co-owner of Brenda’s Old West Cafe in Bayfield, at her rustic restaurant on Wednesday. The restaurant celebrated its 25th year in business July 30. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Brenda’s Old West Cafe in Bayfield celebrated 25 years of “simple home cooking,” making it one of the longest-running restaurants in town.

An estimated 300 people gathered last week at the restaurant to celebrate with owners, Brenda and Niel Hieb, eat food and listen to live music by Wild Country.

“It was just really rewarding,” Niel Hieb said this week. “Our Christian faith made us aware that God has blessed us immensely here in the Four Corners region.”

Woody and Teresa Smith eat lunch Wednesday at Brenda’s Old West Cafe in Bayfield. The restaurant attracts fans from around the Four Corners. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Brenda’s Old West Cafe opened in 1996, a year after the couple moved to Bayfield.

Brenda Hieb’s specialty is home cooking with a southern flair from her time owning a restaurant in Dallas and a northern touch from her youth in Minnesota, her husband said.

The restaurant attracts customers from Durango, Pagosa Springs, Ignacio, Aztec and beyond, Hieb said.

“We really are blessed,” he said.

smullane@durangoherald.com

Hundreds gathered July 30 at Brenda’s Old West Cafe in Bayfield to celebrate the restaurant’s 25th anniversary. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)
Brenda Hieb specializes in simple, delicious home cooking at her restaurant, Brenda’s Old West Cafe in Bayfield. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)
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