Grateful Deli changes ownership, talk of expanding to Basalt
With a number of popular restaurants in town having closed over the past couple years, Aspen locals may take comfort in knowing the Grateful Deli will keep on truckin’ despite a change in ownership.
Today marks a new chapter for the Grateful Dead-inspired deli under Carbondale resident Glenn Wood’s ownership.
Steve McKenney of European Caterers also is a partner in the deal, Wood said Monday.
Wood has been involved in the local restaurant industry since moving to the area in 1990 and opening the Hard Rock Cafe.
After a 10-year run with Hard Rock, Wood worked under Aspen Skiing Co.’s on-mountain food and beverage division for 13 years.
Most recently, Wood was a restaurant manager and catering consultant at McKenney’s at The Inn at the base of Buttermilk.
Krista Eddy, who started Grateful Deli with her husband, Joe, in July 2007, said they are excited for Wood to take over the business.
“They’ve done a good job here. We’re going to keep the brand; they have a great following and they’ve done a great job,” Wood said. “There are no plans for change at the moment.”
Eddy on Monday said she Joe are “really happy (Wood is) going to keep it Grateful Deli.”
“I think the town is happy,” she said. “A lot of people have expressed to us that they’re glad it’s not going away.”
A self-proclaimed deadhead, Eddy said her and her husband’s goal in starting Grateful Deli was to “make it a place where people could pop in for five minutes, listen to some good music and get a sandwich.”
Wood said he looks forward not only to keeping the business alive and “meeting a whole lot of new people” but to potentially open a location in the Basalt Business Center by next summer.
Eddy, who works in town as a certified public accountant, said she looks forward to having only one full-time job while her husband seeks a career change.
“We’re really grateful for all the local support,” Eddy said Monday, her last at the deli. “It’s been a great run.”
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