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Other side of the Cantina story

Dear Editor:

Responding to Nick Harrison’s letter regarding La Cantina: We took over management of La Cantina four weeks ago. Darren had decided to leave town. Adam was offered a management position – he declined. Antonio (Toto) and Aidan are the new GMs – familiar to most people in Aspen. Aidan was born and raised here, Toto’s been here 21 years, I’ve lived here 27 years.

Nick seemed upset because he wasn’t hugged when he arrived and the bartender couldn’t do a shot with him.

If Nick had looked around he would have seen a much cleaner, better-maintained restaurant and bar. The kitchen too is much cleaner with food preparation and storage improved and the quality of the product improved dramatically (fresh fish rather than frozen, for example, better quality meats) and we will continue to make food improvements – new, more authentic Mexican dishes and improved current favorites.

Our focus is on the best possible product, prepared by dedicated, well-trained cooks, served by a staff who care about customer service and concentrate on that (they can drink after work, not during) all served in a clean, welcoming environment. We want all locals and tourists to feel welcome all the time. We want our staff to make good money and be proud of and enjoy where they work. We are as committed to the staff as we are to the customer. At Mezzaluna we have many employees who have been with us from several years up to 16 years. La Cantina has been around a long time and we aim to keep it that way with a fresh attitude and commitment to consistency.

We are closing Sunday, April 11 for a week for spring cleaning. We’re looking forward to a great spring and summer and welcoming back all valley residents.

Deryk Cave

La Cantina

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