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Poppies in Aspen up for sale

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Janet Urquhart The Aspen Times
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ASPEN – Poppies Bistro Cafe, the cozy establishment that has long drawn a loyal clientele to Aspen’s West End, is closed this season and the property is up for sale for $3.25 million.

The historic 1886 Victorian house at West Hallam and Eighth streets is zoned for multi-use, allowing both commercial and residential uses, according to broker Peggy Luke Briscoe, who recently listed the property.

“I’ve gotten quite a few calls,” she said. “It’s a unique piece of property because of its zoning.”

Up to 13,200 square feet, plus a garage, could be built on the lot, according to Briscoe. The existing restaurant building contains 2,762 feet of heated space.

Poppies owner Michael Hull declined to comment Wednesday on his decision to sell the property. The venerable bistro, surrounded by lush lawn and stately trees, and well removed from Aspen’s downtown core, had been among the few local dining spots that could claim nearly 30 years of operation in the resort’s dynamic restaurant scene. A few years back, a banner on the fence out front proclaimed Poppies “Aspen’s most Aspen restaurant.”

“It’s like what Aspen used to be – so I’m told by my clientele,” Hull said in a 2007 interview with The Aspen Times.

Poppies was also often cited as the place for a romantic meal in Aspen, though it drew not just lovers celebrating special occasions, but a sophisticated crowd that came from around the world and around the corner to dine at one of the cozy tables or debate the issue du jour with Hull at the tiny bar where Hunter S. Thompson was once a regular.

Hull opened the restaurant with the now-late Earl Jones in February 1981; it was then known as the Golden Barrel. The two renamed the restaurant Poppies and remodeled the interior, installing the polished cherrywood bar, and the handcrafted cherry and mahogany wainscoting that complements the hunter green walls. Lace curtains, antiques, eclectic paintings and soft lighting completed the air of comfortable elegance.

At an open house Wednesday, the dining room tables were set as if ready for business.

If a buyer is interested in having Hull continue to run the restaurant, he “would certainly entertain it,” Briscoe said.

janet@aspentimes.com


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