Brazilian Jayma Cardoso turned a defunct Montauk, N.Y., motel into the hip and much-reported-on The Surf Lodge, a combination of hotel, restaurant and music venue. Now she and her team are set on Aspen, transforming the base of Ajax into The Snow Lodge (501 E. Dean St., thesnowlodge.com). Housed in the Residences at the Little Nell building, the seasonal outpost—it will close at the end of April and return next winter—will serve fresh seafood, alpine-inspired eats and fresh beats booked by Belly Up.
After being purchased by microbrew darlings Legacy Brewing, Aspen Brewing Co. (121 S. Galena St., aspentaproom.com) received a financial injection to up its offerings and expand, hoping to double production at its brewing facility. In town, that means its restaurant and tasting room, Aspen Tap, now serves soups, salads, apps and wood-fired pizzas, like the Gonzo featuring spicy vodka sauce, mozzarella, mushroom, red onion, bacon and free-range egg, paired with 13 ABC beers and a couple of guest breweries on rotation. Bok Choy (308 S. Hunter St., bokchoyaspen.com), formerly Little Ollie’s, emerged as a fast-casual concept from chef Frank Lu, who also owns Jing. He uses fresh, organic ingredients to fill his Chinese menu, fusing traditional fare with Western influence, like dumplings or matzo ball soup. Look for the bright red door, welcoming patrons into a new era.