Remodel job closes Boogie’s Diner during height of Aspen summer season |

Remodel job closes Boogie’s Diner during height of Aspen summer season

Jeanne McGovern
The Aspen Times

Mac-and-cheese-loving kids want to know: When will Boogie’s Diner reopen?

“It’s my very favorite place to come when we’re in town,” said 8-year-old visitor Ben Parker after learning the popular eatery was not open for business over the weekend. “They’ve got the best mac and cheese ever.”

Parker — and other residents and visitors craving favorites such as milkshakes and malts, curly fries, a meatloaf dinner and more — might be in luck soon, however. People working in Boogie’s retail shop say the diner will reopen “in a few more days.” A manager at Over Easy, the Aspen eatery that held the lease for Boogie’s Diner through mid-April, also believes the diner will reopen this week; he said there was a lot of remodeling work to be done when it closed in the spring but that friends on the Boogie’s Diner team say they are basically ready to reopen.

Still, the diner’s direct phone line rings to an answering machine, and messages left there and for the woman in charge of restaurant operations were not returned.

Boogie’s retail shop, which occupies the downstairs level of the building at the corner of Hunter Street and Cooper Avenue, is open for business. According to manger Kyle Raymond, the store has done some remodeling but continues to offer new styles and great sales on jeans.

“Business has been pretty good for us this summer,” he said, adding that the store is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (8 p.m. on Sundays) despite the restaurant’s current closure. “We had a busy Fourth of July, and we have continued to be really busy.”

Opened by Leonard “Boogie” Weinglass more than 25 years ago, Boogie’s has become an Aspen institution, with decor reminiscent of a classic 1950s diner. Those who commented on the closure said the diner remodel won’t dramatically alter the restaurant’s character and that the eatery will feature a similar menu as in years past.