The Aspen Art Museum has appointed a new culinary team and will launch a new restaurant in its rooftop space when the building reopens on December 3. The rebranded Rooftop CafÃ© will be run by Chef Brian Banister and Food and Beverage Director Alex Fonseca, the museum announced.
The duo will work closely with neighboring farms and community partners on the new restaurant, located next to the outdoor art installations in the rooftop sculpture garden.
âI am delighted to welcome Chef Banister and Alex Fonseca to the team at the Aspen Art Museum,â Director Nicola Lees said in the announcement. âAs the first rooftop restaurant in Aspen, we have a unique opportunity that combines the iconic city setting atop a creative institution at the center of our community. The Rooftop CafÃ© is truly a gathering place not only to enjoy the company of other diners, but also to serve as a place that fosters dialogue and community bonds, integrated into our dynamic artistic programming.
Bannister and Fonseca take over from the husband and wife culinary team of Julia and Allen Domingos, who are behind the So CafÃ© concept on the roof of the museum and have led it since the new building opened in 2014. Their latest Activity day at the museum was October 16, when an extended shutdown began to prepare for the installation of this winter’s âAndy Warhol: Lifetimesâ exhibit.
âWe are very proud to have developed the AAM food and beverage program as a founding culinary partner of this fabulous Aspen institution,â the couple wrote last month. âWhile we have enjoyed our collaboration with the museum over the past eight years, we believe it is time to focus on family and our next culinary adventure.â
In addition to the new catering service, the museum will continue to operate The Slippery Slope, a working sculpture by Los Angeles-based artists Adam Stamp that serves as a rooftop bar and opened last year.
Banister said the restaurant will team up with local farms and the Farm Runners Food Co-op to source ingredients from the Roaring Fork, Gunnison and Grand Valleys.
âRooftop CafÃ©’s offerings will reflect many of my personal passions for sustainability, plant-based cooking and community farming,â Banister said in the announcement. âYou’ll see it in a menu that’s continually updated throughout each season, making it a unique addition to Aspen’s dining scene.â
Fonseca added that an expanded beverage program is in the works, including a selection of natural and biodynamic wines from small wineries around the world, as well as coffee from Bonfire Coffee in Carbondale and beers from Casey Brewing in Glenwood Springs and Primitive Beer. of Longmont.
“I have no doubts that we will place the Rooftop CafÃ© among the best aprÃ¨s ski destinations in the city,” said Fonseca.
The cafÃ©’s hours of service will coincide with the museum’s schedule, Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.