McStorlie’s to get new life as Zane’s Tavern
October 31, 2006
In a town where it’s sometimes difficult to tell when a business is merely shuttered for an offseason break or is closed for good, a long-term Aspen bar is no more.McStorlie’s, the mainstay for Aspen’s rugby subculture for more than a decade, has been sold to Eddie Zane, owner of Zane’s Tavern in Snowmass Village. The old pub-style bar closed in late September, and the new owner said Tuesday that he hopes to open the new Zane’s Tavern in Aspen this weekend.
Zane’s will be serving lunch starting around 11 a.m., and dinner until midnight every day, the new proprietor said.To get everything done, he’s been busy resurfacing the wood floor, cleaning, repainting walls and the sign out front and conducting business with suppliers.
The old bar, which Ty Storlie and Bryan McShane founded in 1995, has gone through several ownership changes over the years before Zane bought it last month. He said he had heard over the summer that the business was up for sale. The transaction was completed over a couple of months, and he now holds a five-year lease on the premises, he said.Zane, 42, who has lived in Snomwass Village for 16 years, has been operating his eponymous tavern there since 1997. He said his loyal clientele there has inspired him to broaden his business horizons.”What we do in Snowmass works really well,” he said, “and I’ve always wanted to see if it’d work in Aspen.”
His kitchen will cook similar offerings to the Snowmass location, he said, emphasizing that such popular items as his chicken wings and Philly cheesesteak sandwiches will be at the top of his Aspen menu. And, he said, he will continue to serve Guinness on tap, which has long been a hallmark of McStorlie’s, as well as a variety of other draft and bottled beers, wine and liquor.He said none of the McStorlie’s staff has signed on to stay, so he will rotate his wait and kitchen staffs between his two establishments, to start.
As for his clientele, he said he hopes the rugby crowd will feel welcome at the new bar, but added, “We’re open to everybody. We’re shooting to be a local watering hole that has good food.”Zane’s Tavern is located at 308 S. Hunter in Aspen and at 10 Snowmass Village Upper Mall.John Colson’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org