New in Aspen for the New Year

Hiking to Highlands Bowl

As we welcome 2019, we also welcome a bunch of new stores and restaurants to Aspen – here’s what’s new!


Each season Aspen gets a fresh influx of art, restaurants, and retail experiences. The lure of getting “Aspen, Colorado” on a roster of locations keeps this town fresh with the hottest of shops and food experiences. And once in a while, we will even be graced with a new venture by a local entrepreneur. The 2018-2019 ski season is no exception – celebrations and newness abound as we head into the New Year. News for this season in Aspen includes the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Bauhaus, lodging updates, retail and restaurant openings, and more.




Eleven Madison Park has taken over the Chefs Club at the St. Regis. The new pop up restaurant, EMP Park Winter House, is designed on a warm cozy ski lodge aesthetic complete with outdoor dining yurts! If this is anything like its New York counterpart, it is sure to be a hit.

Hao House (NOW CLOSED): Far East Street Food will take over the Jimmy’s Bodega (formerly Pacifica) space on the Mill Street pedestrian this winter as a pop-up beginning in early December. The new concept includes a menu with a rotating set of shareable items inspired by Taiwan, Korea, and Japan – which are denoted on the one-sheet menu.

 The co-owners of the restaurant Bonito in St. Barth’s opened a new restaurant called Betula in downtown Aspen this winter in the former BB’s Kitchen space. The restaurant blends French and Pan American cuisine.



It was Club Chelsea and then Finn Bars and now it is 7908 – the hottest new supper club in downtown Aspen. Guests can enjoy fine dining along with live music and entertainment nightly. Named after the elevation of this little snow globe, this space has been a hit since opening in July.

 Austin-based eatery Clark’s Oyster Bar expanded with a new location in Aspen in June 2018. Clark’s serves up seafood dishes, burgers, and more. They have a killer happy hour menu for the budget-friendly and the most amazing piece of halibut you will ever eat if you’re splurging.



 Almresi Aspen is a new European-alpine style restaurant slated to open for the winter 2018-19 season. (Dancing Bear Mountainside building)



The Cottage is the newest addition to Rustique Bistro and The Cooking School of Aspen, owned Aspen local Rob Ittner. The new 700-square-foot event space is available to rent for private parties, dinners, cooking or product demos, pop-up stores, art shows, and more. They had fabulous events over Food and Wine and proved the space to be very versatile. It is cozy and centrally located – perfect for any special occasion.


Starbucks is back. That is all. (Old Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory).



Aspen is tight-lipped and “old guard” about many things in the downtown core, but new this year is its first legal piece of street art! Internationally-renowned artist Shepard Fairey (think Obama campaign) completed a new mural “Ideal Power” in downtown Aspen at 520 E. Durant Ave. in June 2018. The artist then had a pop-up show with 212 Gallery that nearly sold out its opening night. It was a hit with the locals, to say the least. The mural is thought-provoking and makes for a good Instagram pic – don’t miss it.

To celebrate the history of the Bauhaus in Aspen, the town will spend the entire year honoring the school and theoretical movement. There will be a nine-month schedule of activities and a coming together of all of Aspen’s art influencers to celebrate and orchestrate the events. Google the Aspen Institute and Herbert Bayer to get excited and acquainted with the celebrations.




 W Aspen and The Sky Residences at W Aspen is slated to open by June 2019. The new hotel and residences are being designed by Nemaworkshop in partnership with local firm Rowland + Broughton Architecture and W’s in-house design team, offering 88 guestrooms and 11 W-branded fractional residences. Conveniently located at the base of Aspen Mountain, the development will also feature a 12,000 sq. ft. rooftop bar and pool, which will be open to the public with expansive views of Aspen Mountain. This will be next year’s hot spot for apres!




Locally owned Cripple Creek Backcountry partnered with Hub of Aspen to open a new location in downtown this November. The store carries Cripple Creek’s full specialized ski touring and splitboarding retail, demo gear, and service work.

 Radio Board Shop opened another location a bit closer to the gondola (above Maru) and partnered with a local coffee shop to bring gear and coffee to the people!



Olivela, Rimowa and Forty Five Ten are all luxury brand clothing and accessories stores coming to fill the empty leases of Aspen.



 Liv Aspen (formerly O2 Aspen Boutique) is rebranded and ready to supply all your fashion and home accessories needs.