The Merry-Go-Round restaurant at Aspen Highlands has been completely gutted. Everything is gone except for the steel supports. The massive project of the famous eatery, that sits mid-mountain at Highlands, is undergoing the major remodel to make the building more energy efficient.

“We have removed walls, moved the fireplace, rerouted the server flow, and improved and expanded the restrooms," Aspen Skiing Company Spokesperson Jeff Hanle said. "There is a new coffee bar with a sliding door so we can serve to guests on the outside deck.” 

Hanle adds that the new fireplace will have lounge-style seating as well. The reopening is scheduled for the opening day of Aspen Highlands on Dec. 10.

The new Elk Camp Restaurant is going in at Snowmass, next to the Elk Camp Gondola. It replaces Café Suzanne and will have seating for up to 300 guests in summer and winter.

“This restaurant will be stunning with high ceilings and amazing views through large floor-to-ceiling windows,” Hanle said.

Aspen Skiing Company plans to use the restaurant year-round, in all types of weather, including evening events.

The restaurant will be LEED certified and is set to beat local energy codes by an estimated 30 percent. However, the new eatery will not open until next winter.

“We will wrap up initial construction this fall, cinch it down for the winter, and finish construction next summer for an opening in winter 2012/2013.”

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