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A sushi celebration

Kenichi, a locals’ favorite sushi spot, hosted its popular half-price evening on Monday, June 14. The much anticipated event, geared toward the Aspen audience, was a success on all counts, thanks to hospitable service, first-rate food and an engaging atmosphere. To accommodate the crowd, general manager/partner Scott Brasington enlisted former wait staff to come out of retirement for the special occasion, added extra tables outside on the new summer patio and ensured the chefs had plenty of food prepped. When the masses descended upon the downstairs establishment, the staff was ready.”We gave it a test run last year, and everything went really well,” Brasington explained about the decision to revive Locals’ Night. “We were much more prepared this time around.”Lending a festive feel to the atmosphere, the staff sported Hawaiian shirts and tropical-printed dresses. Fortunately, the weather cooperated, allowing guests to socialize outside while waiting to be seated. “I’m f—ing starving,” said Susie Jiminez, who willingly waited for more than an hour and a half to be seated with friends. “We’re stoked on the deal and we love Kenichi, so it’s OK.”Mark Tergeoglou also patiently hung around with his friends until their table was ready. “Let’s just say it’s way past my bedtime,” he noted, as they ordered dinner around 10 p.m.”It’s easily our busiest night of the summer,” said server Sandy Schiff. “What a ruckus.””We couldn’t pass up half-price dinner at our favorite place in town,” said friends Whitney Bruce, Vanessa Carter and Laura Pietrzak as they relaxed on the patio. “Coming here is always an occasion.” The ladies appreciated the discount, doubling up on their sake intake and sushi consumption.As the kitchen wrapped up around 11 p.m., DJs Kai and Ali got the music going, transforming the dining room into a dance floor. Guests got down to faves from legends such as Prince and Michael Jackson.”One of the best things about tonight is we all know everyone here,” said Brasington. “The room is filled with people who support us year-round and we want to recognize them and do our part in giving back. It’s all about the locals.” According to Brasington, Kenichi plans to host a shindig of this sort each offseason, which means after a busy summer, everyone can look forward to festivities in the fall.To contact May to send info, insight or invites, e-mail: allthewaymaymay@hotmail.com

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