With a world-class staff, the Bald Headed Bistro provides 5-star dining in the heart of the South!
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 created works of art for several lodges and hotels in the Wyoming area.
The Bald Headed Bistro's 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. Reclaimed wood is used throughout the Bald Headed Bistro. In addition to fine dining, one can also find eons old fossils.
Artisans from the Rocky Mountains crafted the Bistro’s furniture. The 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 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.