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- ROARING FORK VALLEY
SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. — Kenichi, a favorite Aspen restaurant that’s been serving world-class sushi and pan-Asian cuisine for nearly three decades – is opening its third Roaring Fork Valley location in Snowmass Base Village (SBV). This latest addition to the SBV restaurant collection will open its doors in Summer 2021, taking over the restaurant space that formerly housed Sake and remodeling it this winter. With the core of SBV now complete, developer East West Partners is continuing to diversify and elevate the dining options, and Kenichi is the next step in that evolution.
“Kenichi has been a valley staple for nearly three decades, consistently providing quality food to a loyal clientele. We’re thrilled they’re bringing the restaurant’s third location to SBV. We think it’s the ideal fit,” Andy Gunion, Roaring Fork Valley Managing Partner for East West Partners, says. “This addition, along with our other restaurants, is helping make SBV a premier dining destination in the valley.”
Kenichi first opened its doors in Aspen in 1991 under the ownership of Kenichi Kanada and the late Bill Rieger. Their goal was to provide a local hot spot in Aspen with fresh sushi, innovative cuisine and a unique dining environment. The restaurant quickly and seamlessly became an Aspen institution, with Kanada in charge of cuisine as the executive chef and Rieger managing the floor. Rieger’s longtime business partner Brent Reed took over the business in 2011. Reed grew Kenichi’s reach down valley into Carbondale in the spring of 2018 with the opening of Izakaya, a restaurant modeled after Japanese pubs. After the overwhelming success of Izakaya, Reed is looking forward to opening a Snowmass location.
“We’re so excited to grow the Kenichi brand and bring it to Snowmass, creating a great gathering spot with amazing food and drinks,” Reed says. “I first came to Snowmass on a family ski trip when I was a kid. My first winter in 1986, I lived with Aspen legend Hildur Anderson and heard her stories of growing up in Snowmass. Getting to open a restaurant in this town, I really feel like I’m living my childhood dreams!”
Kenichi is joining a roster of quality dining establishments that have recently come to Snowmass Base Village, including the Crepe Shack by Mawa McQueen, mix6 by Martin Oswald, Sundae artisanal ice cream, Limelight Lounge and Toro.
This winter, locals and visitors to SBV can expect to see some new additions as well. JUS, Aspen’s go-to locale for healthy food and drinks, is on track to open its second location in SBV. JUS’s SBV location is under construction in One Snowmass’s final space, featuring incredible down valley views. East West Partners is also working with the owners and operators of Base Camp and Slice to make additional upgrades and investments.
“Base Camp and Slice are two long-time Base Village favorites,” Gunion says. “As the Base Village experience continues to elevate, we’re investing and working closely with those teams as they refine and take their restaurants to the next level”.
The first upgrades will come this winter at Base Camp with the addition of 28 taps to offer the largest selection of draft beer in the valley, with a focus on Colorado craft brews. The restaurant will also offer a new menu.
“We’re really excited to be adding so many local beers to our drink menu, which will pair nicely with some of our new appetizers and entrees,” says Base Camp partner Charlie Burrows. “We’re dialing in a concise, casual menu where every item is extremely well executed.”
East West Partners has also recently been presented with some exciting long-term concepts for the State 38 restaurant space that they are currently evaluating. In the meantime, Aspen Skiing Company will be running a seasonal pop up restaurant in the space this winter, providing a fun rotating menu of shareable dishes and classic wines available for ordering on demand to provide guests with an additional, socially distanced dining option right at the base of the hill.
East West is a Colorado-based national real estate development and placemaking company, which was founded in 1986 with the purchase of land in the then emerging resort of Beaver Creek. Since that time East West has developed more than 60 projects comprising more than $3.0 billion of residential and commercial real estate in both resort and urban locations across the country and has been awarded the Urban Land Institutes Award for Excellence three times, most recently for its work on the Union Station neighborhood in Denver. EWP has extensive mountain resort development experience, including Beaver Creek/Vail, Northstar Resort in Lake Tahoe, Deer Valley, UT and Breckenridge, CO. www.ewpartners.com
A renowned summer and winter playground and vibrant mountain community just nine miles from downtown Aspen, Snowmass Ski Area consistently ranks as one of the best ski and snowboard hills in the world. In addition to unmatched natural beauty and over 300 sunny days a year, Snowmass Ski Area offers guests 3,332 acres of multi-level terrain and boasts the second largest vertical drop in the United States. 95% ski-in/ski-out lodging, 37 restaurants, numerous shops and boutiques, a bounty of off-piste activities, and a friendly, small town feel beckon visitors year-round. For more information and a complete calendar of events and activities, please visit: www.gosnowmass.com.