Bakery taking over Basalt Wienerstube |

Bakery taking over Basalt Wienerstube

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO, Colorado

BASALT ” Fresh baked goodies, soups and sandwiches are in, the Wienerstube Restaurant in Basalt is out.

A deal closed Friday for the Basalt space and on Saturday, remodeling for the new Midland Baking Co. was under way.

New owners Aleece and Quinn Gallagher of Willits have acquired the business from former owners Kevin Willson and Laura Wren, while Austrian chef Harald Neuweg has taken over the original Wienerstube, affectionately known as the ‘Stube, in Aspen.

Willson and Wren, who owned both Wienerstubes, also own the venerable Woody Creek Tavern; they will reportedly focus their efforts on running that establishment.

The Midland Baking Co. is in familiar hands. Aleece (her maiden name is Alexander) is a 1993 Basalt High School graduate who previously owned a wedding cake company and has 10 years of experience as a pastry chef. Husband Quinn grew up in Rifle and has been working in restaurant management for about 15 years.

They met in Seattle, where the couple formerly owned Mona’s Bistro and Lounge.

“We sold it about six months ago so we could move back to this area and be closer to family,” Aleece said.

The Gallaghers plan to offer breakfast and lunches, including fresh-baked breakfast pastries, homemade English muffins, donuts fried to order, and breakfast sandwiches. Lunch fare will consist of ready-made soups, sandwiches and salads that are prepared each morning. “It will be grab and go as opposed to made to order,” Aleece explained.

The bakery also will offer cookies, cakes, pies and artisan breads, including wedding and birthday cakes, she said.

The establishment also will sell coffee from a small Seattle roaster, and the bakery will offer couches and such where patrons can relax and make use of free wireless service if they’re not grabbing food on the run.

The kitchen will be large enough to produce baked goods that can be distributed wholesale to other outlets, but for now, the plan is to prepare baked goods solely to be sold at the bakery.

“We’re setting our roots down. We really want to do it right, so we’re going to start slow,” Quinn said.

The Midland Baking Co. is shooting for a Nov. 15 opening ” in time to fulfill Thanksgiving orders for pies and other baked goods.

In Aspen, meanwhile, remodeling of the Wienerstube space is in full swing for a Nov. 1 reopening, according to the sign on the door.

The ‘Stube in Aspen ” founded in 1965 and long a popular breakfast spot with locals ” will retain its name, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner with an Austrian flair.

Owners of the building that houses the Aspen Wienerstube, on Hyman Avenue, have been battling with the city over a redevelopment plan. The proposed new building would continue to include a restaurant space.

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