Update: We incorrectly reported David Burke's involvement in Aspen Kitchen. We apologize for the error. Chef David Burke sent us the following statement: "Chef David Burke resigned from The Watershed Group (David Burke Group) in May 2014. In September 2015, Chef Burke joined ESquared Hospitality as a culinary partner. As a result, Chef Burke has no business or culinary involvement with the recently opened Aspen Kitchen. The claim regarding Chef Burke’s involvement in the restaurant has been misrepresented by The Watershed Group."
It might have taken just a bit longer than originally anticipated, but David Burke's new restaurant in Aspen, Colorado is officially open. Called Aspen Kitchen and led by Executive Chef Matthew O'Neill, diners can expect a market-to-table American restaurant with a beverage program rooted in Colorado cocktails. Designed locally by Z Group Architects and Summit Construction, the new restaurant features plenty of wood accents (just look at the log work), rich leather accents, and custom cabinetry along the bar. Currently offering dinner, the restaurant will eventually also be open daily for après ski, lunch, and weekend brunch. Aspen Kitchen also boasts the ski town's only dry aging room, which houses a selection of 30-year or 55-year, dry-aged saltbrick beef, including cuts of ribeye and NY steak. Later this winter skiers will be able to enjoy Aspen's largest outdoor rooftop space with fire pits, seating for 128 people, and two "hanging tables" suspended at either corner of the terrace. We're excited to check it out and see if it will make our list of the best restaurants in Aspen.