Top 5 most-read articles: Downtown Aspen Hungry for food options, Krabloonik sues Snowmass |

Top 5 most-read articles: Downtown Aspen Hungry for food options, Krabloonik sues Snowmass

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1.) Downtown Aspen hungry for food options as buildings remain shuttered this winter

As winter season kicks off, the downtown commercial landscape has experienced some moves in the retail world with new arrivals and the changing of locations, yet several restaurant spaces will remain dark until next year.

Almost a dozen spaces that used to be restaurants in downtown Aspen will remain shuttered this winter season, including a handful that have been closed for multiple years.

The longest that have remained closed are Main Street Bakery, which ceased operations in 2016 and is owned by prominent landlord Mark Hunt, as well as the former Over Easy and Aspen Brewing Co. space on Hopkins Avenue, which the Hillstone Restaurant Group purchased in 2017.

Carolyn Sackariason

2.) Lee: Grief I never could have imagined

Sometimes when you live in a place known for its fancy houses and unprecedented views, you lose track of the actual reality outside of those mountains. 

You become so accustomed to walking home late at night, and the only thing you fear is running into a bear. You’re not worried about getting mugged or getting robbed as you may be in the inner city or many other parts of the country. 

I think in my 18 years of living in Aspen, I can only remember there being one murder and no serious tragedies. I always watch the news and see all the shootings and every other horrible thing that happens, and I’ve never been able to truly connect to any of those tragedies. I have always felt bad, don’t get me wrong, but, as I said, in Aspen, we live in this bubble of sorts. This is the story of how my bubble burst before my eyes quicker than I ever could have imagined.

Lucas Lee

3.) The Gym of Aspen struck by hardship, owner perseveres

The Gym of Aspen closed Nov. 1, after nearly 10 years of serving the community. However, as the saying goes, when one door closes, another one opens. That’s how the owner, Vince Contreras, came to look at it. 

The news of the closure came as somewhat of a surprise to Contreras, who said by the time he was getting his investors together, he was told that the building owner, Bill Murphy, was going in a different direction. 

With the gym’s reputation and presence in the community, Contreras was hoping the lease would be extended to him. However, he learned there will be a new, higher-end gym opening in the former location.

Kristen Mohammadi

4.) Hooch remains in local hands after owner sells

In an evolving food and beverage scene in downtown Aspen, one locally-owned bar will remain locally-owned. 

On Tuesday, Pat Flannigan and Quinn Gallagher got one step closer to an owner partnership at the bar they have run together for the past six years. The city approved the transfer of the tavern liquor license to Infinite Hooch Aspen LLC, a subsidiary of the business partnership between local hospitality group Infinite Hospitality and Flannigan. 

The application will now go to the state for approval. And, once the state issues the Colorado license, the city of Aspen will also issue the liquor license in their name.

Josie Taris

5.) Krabloonik sues town of Snowmass over eviction

The owners of Krabloonik Dog Sledding aren’t rolling over for the town of Snowmass Village’s eviction demands.

Citing pressure on town leaders from “out-of-town activists (including people from out of the country) who believe dog-sledding is inherently evil and Krabloonik should be shut down,” a lawsuit is seeking a court order that would effectively thwart the town’s push to evict the business. The suit was filed Dec. 2 in Pitkin County District by lawyer John Mallonee on behalf of Krabloonik Inc. The town was served with the complaint Tuesday, according to Town Manager Clint Kinney. 

The suit comes amid a standoff between the town and Krabloonik over the dog-sledding operation side of the business, which also includes a restaurant and is located at 4250 Divide Road near the Campground area of Snowmass ski area. As the property’s landlord, the town is trying to evict Krabloonik, which has refused to leave since it was put on notice in the fall that it was in default of its lease.

Rick Carroll


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