C10-TV: The Middle Fork, Lander’s Newest Restaurant is Now Open

By Victoria Fregoso, Lead Reporter at County10.com

(Lander, Wyoming) – There is a new place to eat in Lander, The Middle Fork at 351 Main Street is now open. “We love food and we can do this well so we wanted to be able to bring this to Lander,” said Jenna Ackerman, Front House Manager at the Middle Fork. “You know, we’ve worked around town and the community has given us a lot so we would like to give back.”

The Middle Fork will be open from seven to three for breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday, with Sundays open for brunch. Some of their signature breakfast plates will be bread pudding french toast and eggs benedict. “It’s classic French influenced technique with American ingredients and flavors and style behind it,” said Matt Sissman, Chef and Owner of the Middle Fork.

With a mission statement of “to serve our community that we love,” the Middle Fork is also incorporating local food and local food producers. “The local foods also support our idea of community because we are bringing together food growers, food eaters and food makers, all in once place,” Ackerman said.

And the name of course, also has strong community ties. “The Middle Fork was a name created by my wife Jenna and it is first and foremost a reference to the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie, which is our tributary to the Wind River in Lander,” said Geoff Rader. “And secondly and equally as important, it is a culinary reference.”

The Middle Fork has been in the making since winter of 2011, it also offers a different kind of atmosphere from what you’ll find at other restaurants in the area. “The interior details are similar to what you would find in a period piece of architecture of this age, but we also wanted to give it a somewhat contemporary feel,” Rader said.

The three restaurant owners say so far, the reaction from the community has been overwhelming. “I think it’s amazing,” Sissman said. “This has been a dream of mine for a long time, one that I knew was going to be monumental and it has not disappointed.”

You can make a reservation at the Middle Fork by calling 335-5035.