Two local favorites — a popular breakfast and lunch spot and Aspen’s lone microbrewery — will close their doors by the end of October.
Over Easy and Aspen Brewing Co. have received letters of notice from Hillstone Restaurant Group, which owns the Seguin Building where the businesses operate, to vacate the space by Oct. 31.
Hillstone Restaurant Group purchased the building at 304 E. Hopkins Ave. from Aspen developer Mark Hunt on May 10 for $6 million.
The Hillstone chain is in more than 10 states and operates nearly 50 restaurants, including the White House Tavern next to the Seguin Building.
Over Easy will scramble its last dish in its current home Oct. 28; Aspen Brewing will pour its final pints Oct. 31.
While both businesses are looking for new homes in town, as of Thursday, no official plans had been arranged.
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“I’m really sad, honestly. I’m heartbroken,” Over Easy owner Mladen Todorovic said. “We want to stay in Aspen, I live in Aspen, I feel like I’m an Aspenite. I would love to continue working and living here, living my dream.”
“Being a business owner in America is just something everybody wants to do. It’s what we come here to do,” said Todorovic, who emigrated to the U.S. from Serbia when he was 20 years old. “Doing it in Aspen is the most rewarding.”
Todorovic said he’s searching for another spot but “there is just nothing in town that is affordable.”
“(The restaurant) just can’t be super expensive,” he said. “It’s not the way we operate.”
Todorovic said he is considering other options that include purchasing or joining other restaurant ventures in Aspen and/or relocating Over Easy downvalley,…
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