Invitation for an interview |

Invitation for an interview

Dear Editor:

Sitting in my office at Victoria’s, iced coffee in hand, I recently gazed out the window and noticed the restaurant formally known as D-19 was under renovation.

Fabulous! A great location with extensive outdoor seating – a home run for Aspen. When I recognized the architect, a talented guy, a good guy, I smiled to myself.

Then, out of the corner of my eye, Scott DeGraff, the man who never opened the Red Onion, opened and closed Liquid Sky and Junk in Snowmass in less time than it takes City Council to decide on most development issues, appeared on the scene.

Then, a question hit me like a well-done bacon cheeseburger. Why would anyone give him a lease? Factor in substantial liens on existing “problems,” I can only wonder where he found the money for a new place.

Then, thoughts of the new film, “Wall Street – Money Never Sleeps,” and the tagline from its predecessor, “greed is good,” flashed in my mind like a highway billboard lit up at night.

But, maybe I’ve got the story wrong. Maybe Scott DeGraff is Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen’s character in Wall Street), not Gordon Gecko. Maybe he was just naïve, got sucked in, and did what he did to survive? Sure, Bud Fox went to jail, but we still liked him.

We need a reason to like Scott DeGraff. So, to be fair, I’d like to invite Mr. DeGraff on my new show to tell his side of the story, in his own words. We begin filming June 19 at the Saturday Market, but I am willing to bring our cameras to his new restaurant.

There is little doubt Scott DeGraff is at his crossroads. How he handles this situation, how he answers the questions that need to be answered, and how he moves forward, will certainly determine his fate in Aspen.

As the character Bud Fox said, “Life all comes down to a few moments. This is one of them.” Scott, this is your moment.

Andrew Kole