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Gunbarrel Tavern in South Lake Tahoe to open its doors Aug. 30

By Chris Moran

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Gunbarrel Tavern & Eatery inside Heavenly Village invites guests to its grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. Aug. 30. Join members of the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, owner Alex Cox, Executive Chef Billy McCullough, Head Chef Ricky Sausser and the Gunbarrel Tavern staff at this event.

Gunbarrel Tavern is the second mountainside offering from Cox, a Lake Tahoe local. Cox also owns 22 Bistro in the Village at Squaw Valley, named after Squaw’s KT-22 ski run. In keeping with that theme, Gunbarrel Tavern takes its moniker from the double-black-diamond run at Heavenly ski resort.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join the Heavenly Village family,” Cox said. “It feels great to be able to extend the 22 Bistro brand to the other side of the lake with Gunbarrel Tavern.”

McCullough, a co-founder of the Tahoe Slow Food Movement and Sierra Sun newspaper’s Chef of the Year, aims to utilize the best agricultural offerings from across the western United States. He and Sausser plan a rotating seasonal menu featuring such items as PBR beer can chicken with mac ’n’ cheese and brown butter gravy, bison burgers from Wyoming’s Durham Ranch and roasted golden beet and kale salad.

“All of our primary ingredients are hand-selected directly from the farms themselves,” McCullough said. “By sourcing food from all over the West Coast, our kitchen can evolve with the seasons as ingredients become readily available.”

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, guests are invited to enjoy the full Gunbarrel Tavern menu as well as food and drink specials.

Gunbarrel Tavern is at 1001 Heavenly Village Way at the base of the Heavenly gondola. It is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For details, visit www.GunbarrelTavern.com or call 530-542-1460.

Gunbarrel Tavern & Eatery is the newest addition to the Heavenly Village on the south shore of Lake Tahoe. With a classic old Tahoe feel featuring hardwood flooring, a custom planed-wood bar and rusted metal accents, Gunbarrel Tavern prides itself on fresh, seasonal offerings and a welcoming atmosphere. Gunbarrel is named in honor of the famed double-black-diamond run at Heavenly Mountain Resort, which hosts the Gunbarrel 25 each spring. 

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