Native Son Restaurant

Glenwood Springs, CO

Our Story

Native Son Restaurant & Bar opened up with the idea of “feed your body, fuel your soul”, offering visitors an authentic local dining experience coupled with a genuinely fun and unique gathering spot. With that mission always at the forefront, owner Ricky Rodriguez continually provides excellent tapas, amazing drinks, &  great entertainment to Glenwood Springs locals and tourists alike. 

Since 2018

Tapas Bar in Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Native Son Owner Ricky Rodriguez

Native Son’s Owner


Ricky Rodriguez

I lived in DC from 2003 to 2007 where I had the opportunity to work with a network of restaurants owned by Thievery Corporation.  Like many good restaurant & bar owners, I started at the bottom and earned my way to the top, first as coat coach, then server, bar back, and finally bartender.

My true love for the industry was developed while working at Local 16, in DC, a business that inspired the vision of what would become Loyal Brothers Lounge. The hustle, the connection with other humans, the music scene, the exposure to great food & good times, it’s what sparked ideas and fed my passion for owning my own restaurant & bar business.

In addition to my time in DC, living in Miami and visiting New York solidified that I would eventually move back home to the Glenwood Springs area and start Loyal Brother’s Lounge, which was named for the bonds I formed during my childhood, running-a-muck & adventuring outdoors with good friends in Gypsum & Glenwood Springs. In 2018 when it was time for a change, and more space, the business expanded nextdoor, doubling in size and rebranding to become Native Son Restaurant.

Brittney Rippy & Ricky Rodriguez - Native Son

Executive Chef/BOH Manager

Brittney Rippy

After obtaining my culinary degree, putting in over 20 years’ experience in the restaurant industry, and working 10 plus years in the wellness/fitness arena, my varying interests are all coming together in what we are creating at Native Son Restuarant & Bar. We are serving food that we would eat. We use quality ingredients. We make everything from scratch. We source local products. The food is healthy, flavorful, and fun. We are cooking food that will nourish your body, support performance, and longevity, while also satisfying your cravings and surprising your taste buds. The food reflects our lifestyle! Playful. Adventurous. Simple yet profound.

Brittney Rippy - Executive Chef/BOH Manager
Kitchen Employee at Native Son

Our Team!

Here at Native Son, we have the best staff in all of Glenwood Springs. Our team of top notch restaurant employees & bartenders work hard to bring you the tastiest & freshest locally sourced ingredients, for the best Tapas dishes in the valley. They also know how to play hard and have fun, so come and join the staff at one of our amazing events!

Bartender at Native Son


Native Son Restaurant & Bar

813 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Open Weekly

Tues – Sun:  6pm – 12am
Monday: CLOSED