Established by a group of young entrepreneurs in 1981, Olde Tymer’s Café has since been paving a path of rich history in the fabric of Durango’s restaurant scene. Known by locals as OTC, Olde Tymer’s Café has become Durango’s favorite meeting place! OTC is a lunchtime, dinnertime, and anytime-in-between-time restaurant. The Olde Tymer’s equation is simple: Good food and drink + Excellent service = Great memories.
This equation translates to the top quality versions of the OTC classics that our customers have grown to know and love. We have been rumored time and again to make what Durango considers ‘Best Burger’ in town. Need a soup fix on a warm day? All our soups are made from scratch recipes handed down over the years. Don’t forget to satisfy that sweet tooth! Our desserts are also made from scratch, in-house, and won’t disappoint.
Good, honest drink is the perfect pint and the perfect pour, all delivered with excellent service and a smile. We believe the classic cocktail served in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere is the recipe for happiness. We serve a variety of draft and bottled beers and have a selection of spirits guaranteed to satisfy all palettes. Enjoy your drink at our popular bar with one of our seasoned bartenders or maybe outside on our renowned patio. Whatever the occasion, Olde Tymer’s will provide the perfect setting to create your memories!
Managing Partner, Emily Zook
Emily’s first real taste and love for the food and beverage industry began in the walls of the Albuquerque Olde Tymer’s Cafe (originally Ogelvie’s), which was partially owned and operated by her father, Steve Zook, and his business parter, Roger Roessler. It was during these young years of her life that she got a taste of the vibrance and excitement that is unique to the restaurant environment. It was a feeling that she would come to seek throughout her adulthood and would, eventually, turn into her livelihood.
Emily began her own career in the restaurant and hospitality industry at the age of 15 working as a bus girl and eventually a server and bartender. She was able to balance and combine her love of the industry with her love of academia and was grateful to have the flexibility that the industry offers while putting herself through school. Emily holds a B.S. in Foreign Languages, an MBA in Human Resources and an MSW in Government and Non-profit.
For the last 10 years Emily broadened her experience in the industry working in management positions in San Diego and at Maui Brew Co in Lahaina. Eventually the Southwest began to call Emily back. With the Zook family rooted in Durango since the early 50’s, she was over the moon to have the opportunity to manage and partner at the Olde Tymer’s. She cherishes the memories of spending summers and holidays here with her grandparents and feels as though she has finally come “home”.
Chef, Ben Barovier
Ben grew up on the east coast and made his way to Durango in 1995. He attended and graduated from Bayfield schools. He started his chef journey in high school, where he decided to enroll in a home economics class (although he secretly did it to be near the girls). Little did he know that he would find such happiness and passion in that small classroom working with food.
Ben began his official journey in industrial kitchens as a teenager. He started as a dishwasher in high school at the well remembered K-Bob’s restaurant and then onto our local Applebees as a line cook. Eventually he began to seek a more creative outlet and joined the team at the historic Strater Hotel. This experience, combined with his elevated palate and thirst for creativity, helped him thrive. Most recently Ben has worked at Riff Raff on the Rio and the iconic Red Snapper.
Ben is excited and pleased to join the team at the beloved Olde Tymer’s as he looks toward the future of the business. He has revamped the menu to incorporate freshness and restored everything to be made from scratch. His ideals and leadership will surely help our kitchen rise to the occasion and we are happy to have him on board!