Downtown pub livens Fort Morgan’s historic main street.
It’s easy for those of us who live in or within sight of Colorado’s mountains to forget that roughly the eastern third of the state lies on the Plains — a rolling rural landscape with scattered small towns, arrow-straight roads and light-years from the cuisine and cultural amenities many of us take for granted. When my Mile High On The Cheap partner, Laura Daily, and I were asked to give a presentation on couponing and other money-saving tactics at the Fort Morgan Library, we figured we’d get there in time for a bite to eat before show time.
Cables Pub and Grill is conveniently across the broad but quiet main street from the library, so that’s where we went around 5:00 in the afternoon. A Fort Morgan cougar (or cougar wannabe) was already perched on a barstool, perhaps looking for prey. Pool tables near the front windows were still quiet, but soon attracted children whose parents were enjoying a cocktail at the family’s table, waiting for the food to arrive. As we were heading across the street to give our talk, young adults began drifting in. It seems that Cables, an outlier from the original Greeley location that was established in 1972, is downtown Fort Morgan’s happening place. The fact that it serves food until midnight every night makes it a lot more happening than many restaurants on the Front Range.
I ordered a serviceable Chianti that cost just $3.50. The pizza — crust, sauce and cheese — was OK, not bad but curiously bland. Neither the crust nor the sauce had much taste, and even a sprinkling of hot pepper flakes didn’t really punch it up. But I was happy not to be eating in a chain restaurant so I overlooked all, happy as always to support an independent business against the onslaught of chains.