Local group closes on Takah space in Aspen | AspenTimes.com

Local group closes on Takah space in Aspen

A group of local restaurateurs has reached a 10-year agreement for the Mill Street space formerly home to Takah Sushi, and the plan is to open a new Japanese restaurant this summer.

Co-owner Taylor Hale said Tuesday that he and his two partners signed the agreement Friday, the same day the group closed for all of Takah’s restaurant equipment. He declined to discuss exact details about the purchase, but he said they hope to open by July 1 at the latest.

Hale, whose resume includes a 12-year stint at Takah competitor Kenichi, is partnering with fellow Aspenite Jonathan Sundeen and Peter Coyne, and has spent more than 20 years in the area. Sundeen has worked for the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group the past eight years, while Coyne has worked in various high-end restaurants across the country.

Hale said the restaurant’s modern Japanese fare will speak for itself.

“We’re going to let the place do most of the talking,” he said, adding that the layout of restaurant will remain mostly intact. “But it’s definitely going to look different visually.”

The 10-year lease agreement includes a five-year option at term’s end.

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