February 16, 2004
The Endeavor is back.No, not the Starship Endeavor of Star Trek fame.Rather, the Endeavor watering hole of the good ol days at Aspen Highlands fame.Two pros from the Aspen Highlands Ski and Snowboard School, Olga Tenenbaum and Jamie Lawson, took over the Highlands Village space once occupied by the World Link Cafe, remodeled it to their liking and opened for business last Saturday.The new pub was an immediate hit with pros and other locals who have been looking for something a little more intimate than the popular Iguanas Bar & Grill at the base of Highlands.The official name of Highlands newest establishment is The Endeavor Internet Cafe & Bar. The sign in the window is a stained-glass masterpiece leftover from the original Christian Endeavor bar at the base of the original Aspen Highlands. Inside are couches, small tables, food, an espresso bar and, of course, beer, wine and other alcohol.There are still some of those basic new business tasks yet to be ironed out. Like the sign hanging from the corner of the building, which still reads World Link Cafe. We just wanted to get going, Jamie explained.The leftover mugs from World Link are for sale for $10 apiece. You get to put a name on the mug pick any name but your real name and have it to use daily, weekly or however often you show up. At the end of the season, the mug is yours.Anyone who drank beer before they went skiing on Saturday was no doubt more confused than On the Hill, which encountered somewhere between 50 and 75 people clustered on top of Highland Bowl. The convergence of a major skiing/school holiday and several Highland Bowl locals clinics made for a varied mix of characters at the top, ranging from RH, On the Hills middle school gym coach, to a coifed, older-looking woman on a cell phone, to a couple of familiar-looking, 50-something hippy types taking in the view.At least Rob Lowe, Bon Jovi and Michael Jackson werent there.