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Something’s fishy

May Eynon

Sushi hotspot Kenichi hosted its semi-annual Locals’ Night on Monday, June 6. The event was initially devised as an off-season appreciation party for the community, acknowledging locals for their year-round support. Last fall, general manager/partner Scott Brasington decided to add another aspect to the evening, designating a local nonprofit as the event beneficiary.

Last week, the Aspen/Pitkin Animal Shelter was the honored organization. With a minimum $1 donation per table, diners were offered at half-price for sushi, sashimi and more. All contributions were passed on to the shelter, which is actively soliciting funds to build a new animal shelter. Some guests generously gave as much as $100, earning them an opportunity to have their name inscribed on a sidewalk brick outside the new facility.

“We’re in the last push of our capital campaign for the shelter,” said Seth Sachson, operations manager for the Aspen/Pitkin Animal Shelter and president of its board of directors. “It was such a pleasant surprise when we were told this event would be a benefit for us. We really appreciate everyone’s support.”

Donated by the city of Aspen and Pitkin County, the one-acre site for the new structure is adjacent to Pitkin County’s maintenance facility just west of the Airport Business Center. Among the buildings’ various avant-garde features are cat condominiums, an atrium play area for felines, a visitors’ lounge for interacting with the animals, a dog dormitory and dog exercise yards.

“I specifically came tonight to support the Animal Shelter,” said Gretchen Leary who spent three hours wining and dining.

The Kenichi wait staff sported Hawaiian shirts for the men and little black dresses on the ladies, adding to the already festive atmosphere.

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The newly remodeled patio was unveiled for Locals’ Night, having been transformed into a covered lounge with booths, Japanese lanterns, and overhead heaters.

Kenichi neighbors Eric Lippincott and Sarah Gercke ordered delivery upstairs from the patio at their recently opened clothing/art/bike boutique, The Gallerie. Their new store will be hosting a wine reception open to the public on Saturday, June 11 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Stay tuned for news on Kenichi Friday Afternoon Club, which will start up this summer with live music, drink specials and more.

The Aspen/Pitkin Animal Shelter welcomes any and all donations, large or small. To learn more about naming opportunities or to make a pledge to the campaign, call 544-0206, e-mail dogsaspen@sopris.net or visit http://www.dogsaspen.com/ascc.