Gwyn returns to S’mass |

Gwyn returns to S’mass

Gwyn is back.

Gwyn Gordon Knowlton will run the restaurant at the top of the Alpine Springs chairlift at the Snowmass Ski Area this winter, returning to a job she held for more than 20 years.

The restaurant has its old name back too, Gwyn’s High Alpine Restaurant.

“It feels absolutely wonderful to be back,” Knowlton said. “George and I have always been really, really good partners.”

George and Gwyn Knowlton raised two daughters, Tracey and Whitney, and ran the restaurant together for 20 years beginning in the late 1970s.

George took control of the restaurant after they separated in 2000, while Gwyn focused her talents on running the restaurant at the bottom of Ruthie’s Run on Aspen Mountain. After the Ajax eatery shut down, she became an executive at the Aspen Club.

Gwyn recalls that just about every time she stopped in at Gordon’s High Alpine last winter, she and George would end up talking about the restaurant.

“I was up a fair amount, and he kept asking me my opinion on this and that,” Gwyn recalled. “He said at the end of the season we should sit and talk about things. I knew he meant the restaurant.”

A deal was struck, and Gwyn and George were back in business together. Like in the old days, Gwyn will be in charge of the kitchen and the customer service, while George will run the numbers and manage from the back room.

“George decided it hasn’t been as easy as it was when the two of us were making the decisions,” Gwyn said.

One of the decisions made over the spring and summer include a redesign of the sit-down restaurant both in the seating area and on the menu. “I felt like I was steaming off years of my life as I was steaming off the wall paper,” Gwyn said.

The new menu in the dining room will feature more game and shared appetizers. It is designed to make it easier for people who want to get in and out to do so. Gwyn promised that seafood puffs, one the restaurant’s most popular items, will remain on the menu. “I’d be killed if I ever got rid of seafood puffs,” she said.

The cafeteria menu has been reworked to make it friendly to vegetarians and dieters on low-carbohydrate diets.

Gwyn and George’s oldest daughter, Whitney, will be working as line manager in the cafeteria, as well. Tracey is expected to make intermittent appearances, as her academic schedule permits. And Gwyn said her new husband, attorney Jamie Knowlton, may even put in a few hours washing dishes.

“It’s made both of our daughters so happy to see us working together again,” Gwyn said. It’s likely to make a lot of the regulars happy too.

Gwyn’s High Alpine will be open this weekend with the Alpine Springs section of Snowmass.

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