Locally Serving Restaurant

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The City of Aspen is interested in the community's definition of and support for a locally serving restaurant in the Wheeler Opera House building.

The City of Aspen/Wheeler Opera House is the landlord of the restaurant space in the building. As such, the City has opted in the past to offer what Council members deemed a community benefit in the form of a locally serving restaurant. But the City acknowledges that is an open-ended term with various interpretations.

What is definitely required of an operator in this restaurant space is:

1. It must provide meals (lunch and dinner) for artists working at the Wheeler with flexibility as to menu offerings and time of service.

2. It must offer "grab and go" packaged meals for large festivals at the Wheeler for patrons.

3. It must offer catering services for receptions and special events at the Wheeler

It is also significant to know that the rent for this restaurant space is part of the Wheeler's overall revenues, which represent a significant contribution to the Wheeler's grants for arts non-profits. This means, the more the City makes on rent, the more granting power the Wheeler can have to support arts non-profits.

No matter what, the City is the landlord of this building, but it can charge anything from subsidized to free-market rates for rent. The general notion of "locally serving" has meant a subsidized rent in some form in the past.

Does locally serving mean affordability, family-friendly, that the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, that the restaurant is open 365 days a year? Something else?

Please respond to our forum and poll below.



The City of Aspen is interested in the community's definition of and support for a locally serving restaurant in the Wheeler Opera House building.

The City of Aspen/Wheeler Opera House is the landlord of the restaurant space in the building. As such, the City has opted in the past to offer what Council members deemed a community benefit in the form of a locally serving restaurant. But the City acknowledges that is an open-ended term with various interpretations.

What is definitely required of an operator in this restaurant space is:

1. It must provide meals (lunch and dinner) for artists working at the Wheeler with flexibility as to menu offerings and time of service.

2. It must offer "grab and go" packaged meals for large festivals at the Wheeler for patrons.

3. It must offer catering services for receptions and special events at the Wheeler

It is also significant to know that the rent for this restaurant space is part of the Wheeler's overall revenues, which represent a significant contribution to the Wheeler's grants for arts non-profits. This means, the more the City makes on rent, the more granting power the Wheeler can have to support arts non-profits.

No matter what, the City is the landlord of this building, but it can charge anything from subsidized to free-market rates for rent. The general notion of "locally serving" has meant a subsidized rent in some form in the past.

Does locally serving mean affordability, family-friendly, that the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, that the restaurant is open 365 days a year? Something else?

Please respond to our forum and poll below.



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