New burger joint in Aspen |

New burger joint in Aspen

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Janet Urquhart The Aspen Times

ASPEN – Aspen’s latest eatery – a burger joint in the style of the roadside diner – is the serendipitous venture of two locals who say they were inspired by a spring road trip.

Wheaton Augur and Troy Selby have taken over the former Noodles by Kenichi space in Aspen’s Fat City Plaza, where they plan to open 520 Grill on, naturally, May 20. And oh, yeah, the address is 520 E. Cooper Ave.

Augur is an Aspen native who has spent the last half-dozen years working as a private chef. Selby, a Vermont native with 16 years in Aspen, has held various kitchen positions, including stints as chef at The Cantina and the former Lucci’s. They’d been talking about opening their own place, and came back from a road trip to southern Colorado with an idea.

“We were inspired prior to the trip, but we didn’t have any idea what we wanted to do,” Augur said.

They returned with the vision for a burger joint – think Route 66, said Selby – and the plan sort of fell into place.

“It all came down to incredible timing,” Auger said.

They called a real estate broker to search for a space, coincidentally, just as the Fat City spot became available. Then, when they made a trip to a kitchen supply store, everything happened to be 50 percent off that day.

520 Grill will offer half-pound, hand-crafted burgers (no pre-pressed meats) using buffalo, beef or turkey, and hot dogs (all-beef kosher franks and turkey dogs), plus a selection of salads like kale and quinoa, and chipotle Caesar. There will be a build-your-own-salad option, as well.

The bacon burger will feature the bacon ground in with the burger meat.

Fresh-cut fries and homemade potato chips are also on the menu.

The pair plan to open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., serving lunch and dinner.

“We’re just two local guys who want to make a living cooking,” Augur said.