Serving Steamboat Springs Breakfast One Egg at a Time
There’s the mom-and-pop shop. And then, there’s the ripple effect when the kids, and the kids’ kids, get involved in the family business. That’s the case for The Egg in the Yampa Valley, family-owned and -operated since 2003.
The story starts in northern Colorado in Fort Collins, where Courtney Moline grew up. She and her siblings and parents would spend weekends and holidays in Steamboat — a veritable hop, skip and jump away — visiting her grandparents Jim and Totsy Landers who were skiers and enthusiastic members of the developing resort community.
Then, Courtney’s parents Tim and Terry Poynter obtained The Egg & I franchise rights for Steamboat Springs, augmenting their business and the two existing restaurants they owned in Windsor and Estes Park. Courtney attended college and shortly after, Bradley Moline came on the scene. The two fell in love, became engaged, got married and moved to Steamboat to open The Egg & I. They thought they’d run it for a year.
“Now, 18 years later we haven’t looked back,” said Courtney. She relates that The Egg is more than a caterer and a place where breakfast and lunch is served all day. It’s where community comes together. “On a daily basis we get to offer our customers a place for business transactions to be signed, nonprofits to meet, family traditions to be made, bible studies to gather and celebrations of all kinds.”
With that community focus, The Egg also feels compelled to give back through its donations and sponsorships. “It might be breakfast burritos at a local event, sack lunches for a school field trip or bottled water for the fire department,” said Courtney. “We hope to have a chance to give back to anyone who has been a part of building our restaurant’s success over the years.”
In 2019 The Egg was rebranded, leaving the franchise system behind and allowing the family to retain more decision-making for products they source and serve. Son Parker (16) and daughter Madelyn (13) regularly work alongside their parents. And often on busy weekends, all three generations are hands-on at the restaurant.
That family ethos extends to their banking. “Over the past 18 years it’s our relationship with Alpine Bank that has allowed us to weather the ups and downs. They’ve treated us like family, not just another account,” said Courtney. “Alpine Bank was able to help structure our business loans to meet the demands of our seasonal highs and lows, offer lines of credit in our lean times, and help us navigate the process for the much-needed PPP and SBA loans during the pandemic.”
The Egg is a Small & Mighty contribution to the community of Steamboat Springs. To learn more about our Small & Mighty business highlights click here.