On the last day of February 2020, Karen Hoskin scraped up all the money she could gather and bought the building on Crested Butte’s historic Elk Avenue that housed her Montanya rum distillery and restaurant.
Two weeks later she shut it down for three months during the global pandemic.
“I was sure we were in end times. Then we reopened into the hardest labor environment I have ever worked in and we were the busiest we have ever been because everyone wanted to come to Crested Butte,” said Hoskin, who 15 years ago started a rum company that became an international sensation and a model for female distillers worldwide.
Now Hoskin is getting out, joining a growing number of veteran hospitality business owners in Colorado ski towns who weathered grueling…
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