by amiee white beazley | December 1, 2009 | Food & Drink
Fresh. Clean. Modern. All are exciting buzzwords, and all describe both the interior architecture and new menu at Syzygy and its new street-level bistro, Ute City. It’s a high-profile relocation to Restaurant Row on Hopkins Ave., where the two restaurants will reside between Aspen mainstays Lulu Wilson and Elevation.
“It’s a great neighborhood to be in,” says longtime Syzygy owner Walt Harris. “We’re excited to be a part of the mix.”
The four-story building was designed by Charles Cunniffe Architects, while the interior atmosphere was local designer Sophie Harvey’s task. “Walt came to me with a very clear idea. He wanted these places to have real design quality,” Harvey says. “He wanted a creative, different atmosphere to provide the town of Aspen something more unique.”
Like any great eatery, the cuisine and design go hand-in-hand. The decidedly modern look in the bistro complements the new menu, which reflects the latest desires of the locals, says executive chef Martin Oswald. “The idea is simple, light American food,” he explains. Oswald will work with local farmers to bring healthy and fresh fare to the menu at affordable prices. Open year-round for lunch and dinner, Ute City will be a gathering place for diners of all ages. Oswald is particularly excited about the bistro’s plancha, a metal plate that quickly sears meats and is the first of its kind in the community.
Downstairs the reimagined Syzygy will entice diners with an even more sophisticated menu and luxe interior look. Oswald will maintain a few of the loyal clientele’s menu favorites, like Colorado rack of lamb, while crafting new dishes—such as lobster avocado cannelloni with caviar—around “the best ingredients the food market can offer.” As Oswald notes: “We’re ready to step up our game.”
illustration by bridger smith/ramsey fulton