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Noodle bar opens in Wildwood Snowmass

Jill Beathard
Snowmass Sun
Mochi ice cream is one of several dessert options at Double Black.
Aubree Dallas/Special to the Sun |

If you’re looking for a hot meal after a long, cold day of skiing, you might want to head to the Wildwood Snowmass.

Double Black Noodle Bar opened Jan. 24 on the second level of the hotel, the former Village Steakhouse location. Serving traditional Japanese noodle bowls and other Asian-inspired dishes, the restaurant is touting itself as affordable with entrees priced between $10 and $12.

The current owners of the Westin and Wildwood had been using the space for arcade games and pool and foosball tables since opening in 2012. It has now been transformed into a restaurant once again, with a Japanese mountain feel laid over the Wildwood’s signature architecture.

The decor includes mining lanterns connected by climbing rope and a red-and-black color scheme.

“We really wanted to keep tying everything back to the actual locale,” said Carlton DeWoody, a principal at Reunion. “We’re really sensitive about not trying to put something out of context that doesn’t tie into the surroundings, so that was one element, the kind of tying Japanese mountain culture with Snowmass mountain culture through these different outdoor references like the climbing cord and the mining lights.”

The cuisine sets itself apart from other Asian restaurants in Snowmass Village with its focus on Japanese noodles, according to food and beverage director Samuel Ross and chef Ronnie Sanchez. The restaurant uses three traditional ramen broths and a red curry cocunut, which is more of a Southeast Asian flavor, for the bowls, Sanchez said.

The bar complements the food selection with some sake, plum wine and Japanese beers in addition to the beer on tap downstairs in the Bar at Wildwood. Guests in the Bar at Wildwood also will be able to order appetizers from Double Black.

Double Black will be open for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Its first weekend open was a success, Ross said.

“It was busy all weekend, so we’re looking forward to a very successful remainder of the season,” Ross said.

Double Black is the sixth and last food venue for the current owners to develop in the Westin/Wildwood complex. With options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks, Ross said the hotels are trying to be a “one-stop shop.”

“We have something for everybody,” he said.

jbeathard@snowmass sun.com


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