By Abbie Digel Big Sky Weekly Editor

Karen Macklin, a veteran in the restaurant industry, is excited about her new gig.

Three months ago Macklin and partner Don Mattusch acquired the Wrap Shack, the tropical themed restaurant in the West Fork shopping area, that serves homemade wraps, tacos, salsas, margaritas.

Having worked in the restaurant business in Big Sky for 18 years, Macklin always wanted to run her own place.

The Wrap Shack was her favorite place to eat, so once she heard it was up for sale three months ago, Macklin made the leap.

Macklin and Mattusch are in the swing of things now. They’ve tweaked the menu and are making more of the food from scratch, including the salsas and soups. They use fresh mahi mahi for the fish tacos, and have a different special every day.

The bright colors and tribal decorations of the laidback joint haven’t changed, except for having received a new paint job and a deep clean.

“We wanted to keep the vibrant, fun atmosphere,” Macklin said.

The feedback has been tremendous, Macklin says, adding that the clientele has embraced the changes.

“We are always taking requests, ” she said, and hopes people will stop by and let them know of any sweets or soups they’re craving.

Another new addition is a drink of the month. So far, they’ve had mango and cucumber jalapeno mojtos. They also serve beer, and their classic margaritas, which are always made from scratch.

The Wrap Shack is open seven days a week from 11 – 8 p.m. This summer, the it will be a vendor at the Thursday night concert series in the Big Sky Town Center. Check their Facebook page for daily specials.