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Takah next in Golden Horn spot

Janet Urquhart

Takah Sushi, Aspen’s first sushi restaurant, will move out of its longtime locale off the Hyman Avenue mall and into the former Golden Horn space by next winter.The restaurant opened in its current, subterranean space in 1981 – the first to bring the popular Asian cuisine to Aspen. Now, it will trade one basement space for another with a long tradition in Aspen restaurant lore.The old Golden Horn space, most recently occupied by the Grottos, is about 2,300 square feet in size – much of it in a vastly larger kitchen, according to Takah owner Casey Coffman. Takah occupies about 1,800 square feet.It’s not simply the additional space, but also the desire for something new – “sort of a renewal” – that’s prompting the move, Coffman said. “If I renovated the space I’m in now, I wouldn’t get one more seat,” she added. “The space I’m in now, we use every square inch of space.”Takah will remain in its current locale throughout the summer and fall, while renovation work is under way to transform the former Grottos. The new space will have much the same feel as the existing Takah, Coffman said. “It’s exciting to me, it’s really exciting to all of my staff. We hope it will be exciting for our customers,” she said. “I’d like people to feel like they’re in the same friendly, cozy space in the new place.”The new space will also offer the opportunity for outdoor dining on the high-profile mall corner across from Wagner Park. “I’m thrilled about that,” Coffman said.As for moving from one basement to another: “That’s what was affordable then [1981]. It’s ever more so now,” she said.The space that once housed Steve Knowlton’s legendary Golden Horn, a hot spot during Aspen’s early days as a ski resort, has seen its share of restaurants come and go in recent years. Acme Bar and Grill was replaced by the Grottos, which operated as a restaurant and nightclub. New owners then turned the Grottos into the short-lived Cabo’s Food & Drink, followed by even shorter-lived attempts to run a new iteration of The Golden Horn there, and then the reconstituted Grottos.Real estate brokers Ruth Kruger and Joe Raczak both had a hand in leasing the Golden Horn space to Takah.Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is janet@aspentimes.com


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