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Mountain Mayhem: New digs

May Selby
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
May SelbyLocal tennis pro Torre, third from left, with a few friends at Bad Billy's.
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Hip new haunts have surfaced around the valley this season. While some are brand new altogether, others are incarnations of longtime establishments, offering a fresh perspective on a familiar setting.

Bad Billy’s has been a popular spot this winter, open for lunch and dinner in the former Coop er Street Pier. The resurrected bar at 508 E. Cooper Ave., now under management by Kenichi Restaurants, serves an array of dishes created by Chef Bodhi Durant ranging from fried pickles served with ranch dressing to mini tuna tacos. Local bands frequently grace the window front, providing an alternative venue for live music in Aspen.

Brexi Brasserie in the new parkside building of Dancing Bear Lodge has received critical acclaim since opening in early February. The classic French bistro from the owners of Wild Fig and LuLu Wilson draws in guests for dinner in its modern, funky interior space with a wine cave and rooftop terrace also available for private events.

Down the block from Brexi, the Limelight Lodge at the corner of Monarch and Cooper has been an Aspen landmark for over 50 years. The renovated and reinvented version of the original lodge emerged in November as a 126-room hotel. A spacious conference area attracts events such as CCY Architects’ recent winter party and the upcoming Aspen Young Professionals Community Service Fair and Wine Tasting set for April 23. In Snowmass’ Base Village, Liquid Sky and Junk provide a modern setting for live music and casual dining with their indoor-outdoor lounge and creative menus. Base Village apres-ski events this season such as free concerts by New Orleans based band Galactic and Bluegrass legend Sam Bush have been a hit with locals and tourists alike. “It’s good to see the vitality in the Village,” said Glenn Wood, general manager of Sam’s Cook house, at the Galactic show. ” It’s just a start, really.”

Sam’s Cookhouse, where Wood works, is Snowmass’ new on-mountain restaurant, serving up barbecue dishes complemented by vast views from Sam’s Knob.

Among the upcoming establishments slated to open soon are The Red Onion this offseason and Gusto Ristorante’s reinvention as Gisela this summer.

Tonight, check out an old favorite in a semi new space, Takah Sushi, which is hosting its second annual Hawaiian Luau. Enjoy ahi pork tacos, sweet and sour sushi, Kalua pig, and more with live music from Cameron Williams. Hawaiian attire is requested for all guests.


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