Shlomo’s Deli and Grill in Aspen to open Thanksgiving
November 23, 2016
On Thanksgiving Day nearly three decades ago, Aspen resident Shlomo Ben-Hamoo opened a restaurant at the base of Aspen Mountain in the space where Ajax Tavern is currently located.
Among the longtime restaurateur's endeavors since Shlomo's Deli is managing the Sundeck restaurant at the top of the mountain for a few years.
Today, the story comes full circle for Ben-Hamoo as he debuts his latest venture, Shlomo's Deli and Grill, at the bottom of the slopes just across from Ajax Tavern.
"Thursday is a very special day for me," Ben-Hamoo said Monday, as he and his staff worked diligently to prepare for the big day.
"My happiest day was when I was (at Shlomo's Deli) and I want to duplicate it," he said. "Let's do it again."
Ben-Hamoo described his reincarnated restaurant as "a family-oriented modern American deli."
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While the setting is noticeably more elegant than your average deli, Ben-Hamoo said the cuisine consists of comfort food and "Jewish-based" fare.
The menu will feature staples such as sandwiches, salads, burgers, pizza and pasta, along with Jewish classics like "Shlomo's famous matzoh ball soup," food and beverage manager Megan Karaus said Monday.
Shlomo's Deli and Grill will open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. daily, according to Karaus.
Unlike the last three upscale Italian restaurants to previously occupy the space, Ben-Hamoo said his focus is on breakfast, brunch and lunch.
This includes Shlomo's special "gondola breakfast," which will boast a number of fresh to-go items all priced at $10 or less, Karaus said.
Ben-Hamoo said the family-friendly establishment will offer "moderate prices that the local can afford."
"You will come and you don't need to get a loan," he said with a laugh.
Inside, the restaurant can seat as many as 91 people, while its expansive outdoor patio offers room to seat an additional 116 guests.
The plan is to keep the patio open and available for patrons to enjoy so long as the weather is endurable, said Karaus, noting that its large space heaters should help when temperatures dip.
On behalf of Shlomo's neighbor, Ajax Tavern, The Little Nell spokesperson May Selby said, "We look forward to welcoming Shlomo's as our new neighbor on Gondola Plaza this ski season."
"As the original restaurateur in what's now Ajax Tavern at The Little Nell, Shlomo has a special part in the history of our hotel and town," Selby said. "We wish him well with his new venture in the Residences at The Little Nell's slopeside space."