New burger joint set to open next to Aspen’s Silver Circle
October 5, 2010
ASPEN – The owners of Aspen’s newest burger joint hope to combine family dining with family fun.
Craig and Samantha Cordts-Pearce, no strangers to the town’s restaurant scene, are preparing to open their latest venture this week. CP Burger is set to launch in the coming days in the small, brick building at the east end of the Silver Circle Ice Rink.
Wintertime skate rentals and a warming area will relocate to garage space alongside the rink, located directly across Durant Avenue from the Rubey Park bus station.
The space is ideal, said Craig, taking a break from the flurry of final details demanding his attention on Monday. In addition to wintertime ice skating at the rink right outside CP Burger’s French doors, he envisions a miniature golf course within the oval rink during the warmer months.
The restaurant has a 20-year lease with the Hyatt Grand Aspen, owner of the property, said Cordts-Pearce. He sought out the deal when the spot caught his eye.
“Literally, I was walking by one day. I just walked right into the Hyatt and starting asking questions,” he said.
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The building’s interior has been completely remodeled and a kitchen constructed for its conversion to a restaurant.
The menu, prominently displayed above the service counter, spells out a selection of burger options (starting with the CP Burger for $5.75), plus hot dogs, salads, fries and tater tots, breakfast items and offerings specifically for kids, like a grilled-cheese sandwich. There are also milkshakes and frozen-yogurt treats.
The restaurant has a liquor license and will serve beer, wine and “spiked” shakes, as well.
“This concept fell right into what we thought Aspen was short of … restaurant-quality food and service, but without the punch of the prices,” Cordts-Pearce said.
CP Burger will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. during high season (the skating rink closes at 10 p.m. during the winter) and will operate through the fall offseason.
The Cordts-Pearces also own The Wild Fig, Lulu Wilson and Brexi Brasserie in Aspen – all part of the CB Restaurant Group. They opened the former D19 and owned the Popcorn Wagon next to it, as well, before selling those establishments. Junk Aspen recently opened in the old D19 space.
“This is absolutely pure passion for me,” Craig said of the couple’s restaurants. “This is what I love to do.”