1968: Historic Jerome Reopens
In celebrating the 125th anniversary of The Aspen Times, we are printing a story or two from each year the newspaper has existed – 125 historical selections in 125 days. This series is in conjunction with the Aspen Historical Society. Historic Jerome ReopensThe old bar at the Jerome, once the prop for elbows of grizzled silver miners, will open for business today, Thursday; by December 16, rooms, restaurants and nightclub will be in full swing, exorcising the ghosts of the Jerome’s Victorian past.The hotel, built in 1889, and closed since 1967, was recently purchased by John Gilmore of Grand Rapids, Michigan. For two weeks Gilmore and his assistants Steve and Marti Heater have supervised renovations in Aspen’s oldest hostelery.Gleaming with new paint, the bar opens at 4pm today. Opening tomorrow, Friday, is the Jerome nightclub, renamed The Paper Stagecoach. Performing six nights a week at 9pm, 10:30pm and midnight are troubadours Mr. and Mrs. Garvey, well-known Aspen entertainers.On Sunday, Dec. 15, the redecorated rooms will be ready for occupation. Gilmore expects a full house by Monday evening.Opening Monday night is the Jerome restaurant under chef Phillips Fitanitas. Fitanitas was formerly the chef for the Tiffin Inn in Denver, and for Henritzies in Chicago. The coffee shop, formerly the Pink Parrot, will open concurrently for breakfast.Bar manager will be Aspenite Dan Wardell. Maitre ‘d is Ron Ritman and managing the front desk will be Stormy Mohn. (Dec. 12)
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