Wanna walk around with an alcoholic beverage in your hand? That might be OK this summer in one local town soon… Carbondale’s board of trustees has voted to OK an area downtown where open containers will be allowed during the First Friday celebrations of June, July & August. Town Manager Jay Harrington tells the Post-Independent that’s just the first step, though… that businesses within the potential “entertainment district” will have to individually present “event plans” on how they’ll police the drinks people take out of their establishments, and the people themselves, on those evenings. There’ll also be security guards on duty, along with the regular police, to keep an eye on you. Lots of details are yet to be worked out in the planning. We told you Monday about the foreclosures starting to close in on the owner of the Aspen Club… but there are other properties folks aren’t sure what to do with, whose financial futures are also in question…
The Aspen Times reports that a group of buyers has pulled out of the idea of purchasing and re-developing the former Boomerang Lodge facility. They’d reportedly wanted to re-work the old building that’s been empty more than a decade into modern hotel rooms and condos, but they withdrew their proposal from in front of city council last week. That’s despite the potential purchasers, ME Aspen Ventures, still technically being under contract to take Boomerang off the hands of its current owners, a real estate firm in Baltimore. M-E’s land use consultant told the city his clients can’t make the financing work with changes the city wants as part of any deal. Those developers aren’t saying it’s completely dead, but still Alex Brown Realty from Maryland now isn’t sure what’s going to become of its old building and land. They bought it in 2005 from Charles Paterson, who first built the Boomerang back in the 50’s.
The phrase “low-priced restaurant” is generally considered an oxymoron in Aspen, because in fact, there aren’t any. But the Aspen Times reports the new business going into the venerable former Little Annie’s location will be required to be a so-called “low-priced restaurant.” The paper says deed restrictions put on the site by the city when Little Annie’s closed in 2015 will force the new “Clark’s Oyster Bar” to have prices similar to what Little Annie’s had at the end. The city attorney’s office says the idea is to force restaurants to target local customers, not ultra-rich Aspen visitors. The city recently tried to impose similar controls on Justice Snow’s, which will be leaving the Wheeler Opera House in April, but those rules reportedly weren’t tough enough to keep prices down for locals. Larry McGuire owns the other Clark’s location in Austin, Texas, and says he plans to live up to the spirit of the rules. He hopes to be open around the end of May.
Big ski & board industry announcement Monday– One of the state’s resorts that residents and guests say most often they want to try, Telluride… will now be part of the massive group of mountains included in a major pass. But it’s not SkiCo’s, or the recently-named Ikon Pass the new Alterra will offer. It’s the competition, Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass. The initial offering by Ikon links to 23 resorts across North America. The addition of Telluride makes it one of 46 on the Epic Pass, which also includes resorts not on this contintent, such as Val d’Isere in France, Arlberg in Austria, and Perisher in Australia.