An iconic West Bank breakfast joint and the property beneath it are for sale.
“I hope that somebody buys it that is going to continue to keep Nora’s recipes and keep it running,” said Kathryn Taylor, the owner of Nora’s Fish Creek Inn.
The restaurant and land were listed for $10 million by the Prime Properties Group of Sotheby’s International Realty: Jordan Burns, Ciara Thomas and Bruce Simon.
Taylor said that if the right person buys the property, she might even work the kitchen, occasionally: “You still might see me in there doing the baking, because I do love Jackson.”
Taylor, 53, spoke with the Jackson Hole Daily from Douglas, where her daughter was rodeoing. She said she’s selling the eatery because, after working there for decades and running it for the past five or so years, she’s ready to move on, possibly to open another business in Big Piney. Her future will probably involve family and animals.
Taylor said being able to dedicate more time to her horses (and possibly turn that passion into another business) is her “dream.”
“I want to hang out with my dogs and my horses and my family,” she told the Daily, laughing at the order she subconsciously chose for the important beings in her life. “Animals first — how funny.”
The 1.17-acre parcel where Nora’s sits also has a two-bedroom, one-bathroom home for employees and a Bank of Jackson Hole branch.
Located at the base of Teton Pass for nearly four decades, Nora’s Fish Creek Inn has been a haven for hungry commuters and other Jackson Hole residents and visitors seeking breakfast and brunch — and dinner, when it was served.
Brian Siegfried, the real estate agent behind Teton Realty Today, posted the listing Wednesday, effectively breaking the news. People really responded to the post.
“Boy, I’ll tell you,” he said to the Daily, “I’ve been posting stuff for years and that’s the most shares I’ve ever gotten.”
“It’s a fixture in Jackson Hole,” he said of Nora’s. “It’s an icon. Everybody’s eaten there. Everybody’s driven by it.”
Nora and Marvin Tygum opened the restaurant in 1982, and Taylor, Nora’s daughter, said she and her siblings worked the kitchen and tables over the years. Taylor, who started running it herself about five years ago, said the restaurant was her “mom’s dream.”
Nora’s has since done well, achieving something akin to local restaurant celebrity. And that doesn’t include its national recognition.
The popular West Bank restaurant has been awarded Best Breakfast in the annual Best of Jackson Hole competition five times, with its streak from 2016 to 2021 broken only in 2018.
It received a James Beard Foundation award in 2012 and was featured in 2014 on “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives,” Guy Fieri’s Food Network show.
The restaurant is housed in a rustic log cabin, and people who talked to the Daily while they waited for a table Friday spoke about the place fondly. At 10 a.m., it was busy as usual, with people filing in and out.
Customers spoke highly of the restaurant’s French toast — particularly the option to have it made on banana bread — and huevos rancheros, which are dashed with Nora’s infamous homemade green salsa.
Crisp Clint, 72, was in town with his sister, visiting his son. He said he goes to Nora’s “every time” he’s here. He’s partial to the banana bread French toast, but he’s also a fan of the chicken fried steak and trout.
His sister, Susan Stirn, 78, said she hopes whoever buys Nora’s keeps it as a restaurant.
Jamie Pantone, 36, was visiting from Utah. She said she has been visiting Nora’s for the past five or six years on trips and felt similarly to Stirn.
“I think people would really miss it,” she said. “So hopefully it would remain a breakfast joint.”