The Historic Happy Cooker

The Happy Cooker was first opened in 1974 serving breakfast and specialty waffles.

Through the years not much has changed. We continue to provide homemade meals from original recipes we have kept in the family for years.

We are considered a long-time icon in the town of Georgetown. Our restaurant is located in a National Historic District. Historic Georgetown sits at an elevation of 8,530 feet (2,600 m) above sea level, nestled in the mountains near the upper end of the valley of Clear Creek County.

Although a small town today, the town was a historic center of the mining industry in Colorado during the late 19th century, earning the nickname the “Silver Queen of Colorado”.

We are family owned and operated, and most of our Staff are family members as well. Our goal is to provide you with a happy dining experience.

summertime at happy cooker
the happy cooker
podium happy cooker

Who We Are

derek owner of happy cooker

Derek (Dirka) is our Chief Operations Officer and Head Chef. Derek is a Colorado Native, with over 17 years of experience at the Happy Cooker. He develops and creates our awesome and consistent menu AND he ensures the best experience for our Guests.

mike and lori

Lori & Mike are retired brew/beer people (Coors of course!) with 30+ years experience in Operations, Sales, Marketing, and Tasting (beer). They are responsible for the finance, compliance and marketing aspects of the Happy Cooker, as well keeping the whole family happy.