The time is ripe for The Wild Fig in Aspen
Craig and Samantha Cordts-Pearce have leased the space at 315 E. Hyman Ave., above Su Casa, where a number of ventures have come and gone in the past few years. Last summer, it operated as Sunsets after Caffe Torino folded.
Craig is a former manager of Gusto and Campo de Fiore, while Samantha’s local restaurant resume includes stints at a number of establishments. Most recently, she was the general manager at Jimmy’s and Nobu Matsuhisa.
“It’s our first time doing it all on our own,” Samantha said. “We’ve done everything else but run a restaurant. It was due time.
“We’re going to give it a shot.”
The Aspen Liquor Licensing Authority conditionally approved a license for The Wild Fig on Tuesday, pending submission of additional paperwork.
The duo have hired a local chef to create a menu inspired by the diverse cuisine of the Mediterranean coastline ” Italy, France, Greece, a bit of Spain and a touch of the Middle East, Samantha explained.
“It’s all the things we love ” the things we love to eat,” she said.
The fig, she noted, was considered a sacred fruit by “the ancients” and a symbol of peace and prosperity.
When they’re in season, figs will be incorporated into the restaurant’s fare.
“We both absolutely love figs,” Samantha said.
The moderately upscale restaurant will offer dinner entrees in the $24 range, with pasta dishes for $12 to $14 or so and plenty of appetizers for patrons to share, she said.
The Wild Fig will serve dinner during the winter, but open for both lunch and dinner during the summer months to take advantage of its ample patio space. Inside, the restaurant has been remodeled to seat up to 40 people.
On Monday night, the City Council listened to ideas for each old building. However, nothing laid out what the community space would actually entail — only aspirations and gathered community comment.