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Newcomers to Aspen's Dining Scene

The Aspen-Snowmass dining scene continues to evolve and revolve around celebrity.

By Amanda M. Faison December 21, 2021 Published in the Winter/Spring 2021-22 issue of Aspen Sojourner

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Despite everyone talking about Jimmy’s moving out and a McGuire Moorman Lambert Hospitality restaurant moving in, other newcomers abound. Let’s get to it:

In August, celebrity chef Angelo Elia opened the doors to Casa D’Angelo Ristorante, the Aspen offshoot of his Florida signature. Located in what used to be Piñons, the space is bright and light, and the minimal art allows the Tuscan menu to shine. 105 S Mill St, 970-920-2021,

Like many before him, Mark Birnbaum of NYC-based Catch Hospitality Group has fallen in love with Aspen—so much so that at press time he was in the final stages of opening Catch Steak in the late Scarlett’s location. He plans to make use of the expansive rooftop patio year-round. 515 E Hopkins Ave, 970-452-8080,

Anyone who knows the Shlomo’s space knows its legendary status at the base of Aspen Mountain. And CHICA, which will be headed up by Venezuelan-born chef Lorena Garcia—best known for television roles on Top Chef Masters and America’s Next Great Restaurant—intends to take full advantage of that prime real estate. The indoor-outdoor bar and menu will celebrate the bold flavors of Latin America. 501 E Dean St (inside the Residences at the Little Nell), 970-900-6780,

After a successful test run during the shutdown, Dante, the New York–based cocktail lounge and restaurant, set up shop for a yearlong residency at the Chef’s Club at the St. Regis. Don’t miss the Negronis on tap and coastal Italian-style brunch (and lunch and dinner). 315 E Dean St, 970-429-9581,

If you want a gorgeous cup of coffee, head to Felix Roasting Co. in the Hotel Jerome. Opened in September, the design-forward shop is a feast for the eyes and the palate. The espresso tonic might give you sticker shock ($21), but you only live once. 103 S Mill St, Ste 105,

Aspen Art Museum’s new rooftop bar

Proving that cocktails truly can be elevated as art, in August the Aspen Art Museum debuted The Slippery Slope, a functional sculpture (by Los Angeles artist Adam Stamp) that this winter doubles as a rooftop après-ski bar serving organic wines and cocktails enhanced with local spirits by Basalt’s Woody Creek Distillery, open 3–6 p.m. Tue–Sun.

The mere mention of Gwyn’s High Alpine’s closure tugs at longtime locals’ heartstrings, but now Alpin Room is set to open in that beloved on-mountain space. This sit-down, upscale breakfast and lunch spot was supposed to open last year, but the pandemic derailed those plans. This is the season to tuck into alpine eats like chicken schnitzel and frisée salad. Snowmass Mountain, 970-923-8715,

When the Wildwood Snowmass Hotel reopens after a revamp in mid-December, it will include Last Chair, a new bar and restaurant that promises a whimsical, high-energy elevated diner. 40 Elbert Ln, 970-923-8400,

Stark’s Alpine Grill, in the newly redone Viewline Resort Snowmass, will add a tavern to the Snowmass Mall. But it’s the adjacent Lobby Bar that will likely draw the après crowds with its three-level, mountainside deck. 100 Elbert Ln, 970-923-8200,

At press time, Snowmass sushi fans were rejoicing the prospect of their own Kenichi, an Aspen staple for three decades. And when Aurum Food & Wine takes over State 38’s location in the base village—like Kenichi, promised for December—that will mark its third mountain-town location: Steamboat, Breckenridge, and now Snowmass.

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