#rivertonbiz: Fremont County restaurant scene seeing new life in 2019

#rivertonbiz, brought to you by Grace Andrus with Edward Jones, shares the stories of the local movers and shakers of our Fremont County economy.

In late 2018, Lander businesswoman Karen Hays announced the purchase and re-opening of the Hitching Rack restaurant.

Over the last 12 months, a lot has changed with Fremont County restaurants.

While there were a couple of closures like Joy’s House and Riverton’s Cowboy Cafe, there have been a number of food-options popping up throughout the year.

Earlier this summer, Kyle Vassilopoulos, owner of the Lander Bar, Gannett Grill, Lander Brewing Company, and Cowfish, announced he would expand his projects to Riverton. In early summer 2019, he opened the Rusty Truck. 

In May, Lander saw the opening of the End Zone Bar & Grill. Sophal Thompson, owner of Zanmai Sushi, explained that she wanted to add something new to the Lander food scene.

In June, Beverly and Justin Moody announced they were expanding their popular Asian Cuisine restaurant in Worland to include a second location in Riverton. Asian Cuisine #2 is located in the former Joy’s House building on N. Federal Boulevard.

This August, Dubois saw the grand opening of the Long Buffalo Steakhouse on East Rams Horn. They celebrated with a champagne toast and ribbon cutting ceremony.

October saw a food option re-appear at the Riverton Regional Airport, by way of local entrepreneurial spirit. The Riverton Food Exchange now operates out of the former Airport Cafe building and serves breakfast and lunch to hungry locals and travelers 6 days a week.

And, as of this week, Riverton has a new fast food option. More Burgers & Shakes set up shop in the former Taco Time building on S. 2nd Street. The burger joint has been popular in Cody, Wyoming for years and many cheered their decision for a second location.

Lander diners are eagerly awaiting Mulino Italian Bistro to open at the property best known as “The Mill,” which is at 129 Main Street.

Food trucks have increased in popularity in County 10 with a handful of new ones showing up in our local communities. Both locally owned trucks, and trucks traveling across the region can be seen regularly setting up for lunch or dinner in Lander and Riverton.

We’re sure we missed some of the new dining options, so if you know of any we should add to the story feel free to e-mail: tips@county10.com or let us know on Facebook!