Carbondale’s ella eludes expected exit
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
CARBONDALE ” It will be business as usual, for a while longer anyway, and possibly for the long term, at ella restaurant.
The Carbondale restaurant was set to close after Sunday when its investors were prepared to back out. But there’s a strong glimmer of hope for new investors, as ella was scheduled to be open for regular dinner hours again Tuesday night.
“We are pursuing some options, and things are looking favorable in a couple of different areas for us to find new investors,” said Ian Kipp, who operates the restaurant with his wife, Jessie.
In the meantime, current investors have agreed to keep the restaurant open pending a new agreement.
“We haven’t secured anything long term, but there has been a bunch of interest since we announced we’d be closing,” Kipp said. “We are very hopeful we can secure new investment within the month of May.”
The fact that they will be able to stay open in the meantime is welcome news, especially with a big upcoming weekend in Carbondale that includes the 5Point Film Festival, Dandelion Day and Mother’s Day.
The Kipps announced April 21 that the restaurant would have to close May 3, after just a year and a half in business, if new investors were not found.
The building where the restaurant is located, at 348 Main St., is owned by the same investors, and has been on the market since February 2008.
The Kipps opened the restaurant in November 2007, naming it after their young daughter, Ella.
Ian Kipp noted that the restaurant has actually been doing well despite an uncertain economy.
Ella was closed on Sunday for offseason cleaning, but following its normal Monday closure was to reopen for its usual Tuesday-through-Sunday schedule, including Sunday brunch.
Being able to be open for Mother’s Day brunch, and with a large number of people in town for the festivals this weekend, will be a huge bonus, Kipp said.
The Aspen City Council directed staff to move forward with the Burlingame early childhood education center, but decided it needs more information on the affordable housing units that are part of the schematic design at a work session Monday.