Aurum Food & Wine Opens in Steamboat Springs
There are a whole lot of surprises in store for the cyclists, kayakers and rodeo enthusiasts who head up to Steamboat this summer: the mountain town’s restaurant scene is in the midst of a renaissance, one we’ll be exploring in a feature later this month. Exhibit A has got to be Aurum Food & Wine, which opens Friday in the stunning two-story building that formerly housed Sweetwater Grill on the banks of the Yampa River.
Owner Phillips Armstrong has certainly earned what he calls “my golden opportunity” (the name is Latin for gold), having spent years in hospitality management for both restaurant and hotel groups; he also founded the popular Denver pop-up company Hush Concepts, where he worked with Aurum’s executive chef Chase Wilbanks, formerly of La Tour in Vail and Shanahan’s in the DTC. Together with sommelier and manager John Witmer, they’ve created the kind of ultrapolished and contemporary yet easygoing dining experience that city dwellers count on but are only beginning to find in the mountains, which are still dominated by down-home family affairs and big-ticket celebrity-chef projects. Take a sneak peek at both the space and the food in the slide show below. What you'll find is definitely worth a day trip.
811 Yampa St., Steamboat Springs; 970-879-9500