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New concession swallows Tailwind Deli

Charles Agar

The Pitkin County commissioners approved a lease transfer for the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport’s food concession Wednesday.The new Aspen Bar and Grill will open Sunday.Aspen resident Doug Clayton ran the concession, formerly the Tailwind Deli, for the past five years but failed to renew his lease, and the contract went up for grabs. Texas-based News and Gift Shops International won the contract in a formal request for proposals with the county and will take over the airport’s food concessions this weekend. Clayton contends there should have been special consideration for local applicants. County officials said that they simply followed standard procedure.”It was a fair process,” said Jeff Sailer, co-owner of NGSI. “It’s the same process we’ve gone through all over the country.”Sailer and Brian Weiner own airport food and gift concessions in San Antonio, Austin, Phoenix and Houston, as well as a number of franchises in the Caribbean and Mexico. NGSI also runs the gift shop at the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport.Sailer and Weiner, who has owned a home in Aspen for 22 years, have teamed up with local partner Leslie Lamont, whose Kette Enterprises owns 20 percent of the concession.Lamont, a former county commissioner, said NGSI has extensive experience with peak- and offseason business in a resort setting and that the group has big plans for the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport.NGSI will contract with Seattle’s Best Coffee for beverages and will offer fresh, oven-baked pizzas.Lamont said that the Aspen Bar and Grill will follow a Rocky Mountain motif, employing Aspen-leaf imprints on tables and carpeting.Charles Agar’s e-mail address is cagar@aspentimes.com.