After 23 years in Cedaredge, the owners of Scramblers Restaurant are moving on. Feb. 23 marked the end of an era for Toni and Van Morris who have owned and operated the restaurant since 1995. The couple purchased the business when it was known as the Apple Orchard Restaurant and changed the name to Scramblers four years ago when they decided to concentrate on breakfast.
The business has long been a gathering place in downtown Cedaredge especially for families and community groups. Local ham radio enthusiasts have been meeting there for over ten years and church groups, a garden club, and a ladies' bridge group are regular customers.
What will the couple miss most about closing Scramblers? "We enjoyed keeping up with the families of our customers. We have watched little kids grow up over the years and then seen those same kids come in with their own children." Toni and Van, who live in Delta, will remain in the area and will pursue other interests including devoting more time to their two children and seven grandkids.
As they embark on a new chapter in their lives, Toni and Van want to thank their loyal customers for years of support and patronage. They are also grateful to their excellent employees including their current waitress, Nina Hall, who will remain on the job. And they wish every success to the new owners, Travis and Annie Holton.
The business will close for approximately two months while the new owners complete renovations. Then the restaurant will reopen in late April as the Lost Mesa Grill.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.