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So long, mom-and-pops

Dear Editor:

When will this stop? As a longtime Aspen/Colorado resident, I have witnessed the steady erosion of the mom-and-pop shops that give Aspen such a “locals” feel, one of the many qualities that attracts its clientele. It has been sad to see the simple cultures of Aspen slowly striped away.

Can Aspen really afford to lose another unique gem like the Tailwind Deli? For years, people coming in could count on being greeted by a local, not a plastic nametag. What Aspen stands to lose out on is the unique combination of a friendly face with great food. My partner and I have worked hard to make it at the airport and to make it a friendly place to come to relax before a flight. We have created a new menu and feel for the future and really understand the local appetite. We were looking forward to continuing to grow with the needs of the community and even surpassing expectations of airport food quality.

It’s ironic to me that someone like Doug, who has been serving restaurant clients in this community for so long, can be so easily tossed aside for the sake of a few extra bucks. Not to mention that I started my career here in Aspen and was named one of the top 10 best new chefs in 1999. So it goes to say that I guess money will take precedence over passion and loyalty every time.

Anyone who would like to save some of Aspen’s culture should call or write the county commissioners.

James Mazzio

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