A downtown restaurant/nightclub/bar hailed as Aspen’s first supper club was the first to close when it closed earlier this month.
Dubbed 7908 Aspen, the upscale underground establishment debuted on pedestrianized Hyman Avenue in July 2018. It occupied about 6,000 square meters, with a lounge for dance and DJ music and a gourmet restaurant under the same roof.
“Each night, 7908 celebrates its mantra of ‘eat, drink and dance’ by blending ‘fine home cooking’ with an acclaimed spirits and wine program and the best live DJ performances and world-class ‘bottle list’ service,” says 7908 Website described the facility.
The 7908 company announced on Instagram on April 6 that the restaurant, named after Aspen’s census, will “take the summer to rebrand and renovate” after April 16.
In response to an email regarding the closure, a publicist for 7908 issued the following statement on Wednesday: “After four distinguished years as Aspen’s first supper club and serving thousands of guests globally-inspired food from Executive Chef Byron Gomez, inventive, theatrical cocktails from Spirits Director Matt Corbin, world-class wine from Master Sommelier Jonathan Pullis and endless hours of entertainment from Kid Kamillion, 7908 closed its doors in mid-April.
“We will use the summer to rebrand and redesign. We are incredibly proud of what we have built and look forward to unveiling our exciting future plans when the time is right. Thank you to all of our regular guests – locals and visitors alike – for making our dining room, bar and lounge one of the most energetic places in Aspen.”
The company did not respond to a follow-up email with further questions.
Gomez, executive chef at 7908 Aspen since June 2019, gained national attention last year when he starred on the popular Bravo TV show Top Chef: Portland.
A partner of the Souki family, Hollywood actor and singer Roger Wilson was the face of the restaurant when it debuted.
“I would hope that this place could be a bit of a theater that would undo the reality of how different Aspen is today than it was 35 years ago,” he said in a 2018 interview with The Aspen Times. “I want to bring that wonderful mix of locals and visitors that comes together in all the right ways; Not only did they have a great night, but there were stories with substance.”
State liquor licensing records show that Wilson was a member of 7908 Aspen LLC since May 2018 before that role ended in February 2020. Pullis is currently listed as a member along with Charif Souki. Brooke Peterson is listed as Chair of the LLC and the Souki Family Trust as owner. According to public records, the liquor license expires on May 1st.
Peterson referred questions to Ajax Holdings, of which he, members of the Souki family and others are directors and also own the space used by 7908.
An investigative series Noting that Pitkin County received the highest amount of direct pandemic aid per capita than any other county in Colorado, it also noted that 7908 received more than $2.7 million in pandemic aid funds.
The Denver Post reported earlier this week that “dining out and dancing amid the tightest pandemic restrictions was a difficult mix, so 7908 Aspen, a late-night supper club named for the city’s uplift, packed nearly two years ago.” challenges. The Post’s data shows the company received nearly $720,000 in PPP funds and nearly $2 million from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, a program aimed at replenishing lost revenue.”