The logs are from the Crescent H Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The tree trunk segments were salvaged from downed trees damaged during the Green Knolls Forest Fire in 2000. It was during the clearing process that the new owner, Allan Jones of Cleveland, Tennessee, salvaged the trees to utilize in the construction of his new restaurant. The Bald Headed Bistro is comprised of 283 logs, located both inside and outside the restaurant.
The fossils used at the Bistro are of a species believed to be from the Eocene Period. They are thought to be over 55 million years old. These rare and beautiful stones, which show the skeletal remains of fish and other ocean life, are inlaid in the floors and walls of the Bistro. They can also be found at the warm, rustic bar.
The Bistro’s lighting and signage were designed by Jackson Hole artist John Mortensen. Warm amber and wrought iron was chosen for both the fixtures and the Bistro logo and brand. John began his career as a sculptor in 1973. He has received numerous awards and has created works of art for several lodges and hotels in the Wyoming area.
The furniture was crafted by artisans from the Rocky Mountains. The Bistro’s rustic, western design is reflected in these unique pieces. Natural woods, hides, and leather were used in keeping with that theme.
The mounts scattered throughout the restaurant represent the plentiful western wildlife native to the region. Yellowstone National Park, 60 miles from Jackson Hole, is home to the largest buffalo herd in North America. Jackson Hole has a National Elk Reserve just outside of town. Over 6,000 elk migrate during winter and find some refuge from the harsh winter conditions in the mountains. The jackalope is a mythical animal from the southwest and west areas and is a favorite of restaurant clientele. It is said to be a combination of an antelope and a rabbit.
The cutthroat trout are abundant in all of the western rivers. This area of the country is home to some of the best fly fishing rivers, including Snake River, Greys River, Yellowstone River and Flat Creek. The most famous are the fish creeks on the Crescent H Ranch, formerly the Orvis Lodge, which are known to offer the best fly fishing in the world. Today, people continue to wage court battles for fishing rights to the prestigious fish creeks.
The snow elk found "etched" into the glass at the Bistro is not what it appears to be. The art was created using "electrochemical etching," a process implemented by Energy Consultants. This unique process is the latest technology to create a frosted transparency design that resembles etching.