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Lisa’s Hot Mess constantly evolving

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Sopris Sun Staff Report

“The bar is open!” declares the nattily dressed gorilla, togged
out in coat and tie and reflective sunglasses.

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This gorilla, name unknown, is featured in all the ads for
Lisa’s Hot Mess at the Third Street Center in Carbondale, as well as on the
restaurant’s wall. The bar he is referring to is the latest addition to the
restaurant, which has been owned by Lisa Hook for about two years. She does all
the cooking and creates the menus, which are “constantly evolving.” Lisa says
she has been in the restaurant business for 30 years and was manager at The
Brickyard in Rifle before coming to Carbondale.

She offers daily specials in addition to the menu, which
features the categories “Greens, Hot Soup, Snackage and Feast.” Under “Feast,”
a diner might find such items as salmon burgers, quesadillas and grilled tuna
tostadas, to name a few. “Everything is home-made,” said Lisa. She also serves
up a mean breakfast, including huevos rancheros, omelets and breakfast
burritos, as well as coffee, tea and pastries.

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“It’s a small kitchen,” she said, “but huge flavors come out of

Lisa’s Hot Mess caters not only to the tenants of the Third
Street Center, but also to the community at large. It’s a popular place to
conduct small meetings over coffee or lunch.

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The restaurant is open on Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. and on Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the newly
instituted Happy Hour taking place from 4-7, Wednesday through Friday.

As if all this work weren’t enough, Lisa also is available for
catering and frequently provides a breakfast or lunch buffet for larger
meetings at the Third Street Center.

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So what’s with the gorilla? She shrugs and says “It was
George’s idea,” referring to her friend and fellow tenant, George Stranahan.

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