Mountain Standard opens in Vail, near sibling Sweet Basil
While restaurateurs in Denver are scrambling to open new spots before the end of the year -- and the end of all that holiday business -- the founders of 35-year-old Sweet Basil in Vail just opened Mountain Standard today.
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Mountain Standard -- which is around the corner from Sweet Basil in a space once occupied by a fly-fishing store and Blu's, a defunct restaurant -- features a more rustic, relaxed tavern atmosphere than Sweet Basil, with a wood-burning grill and rotisserie as centerpieces.
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"Dining, as a whole, has become more casual," says Kevin Clair, co-owner. "We wanted to capitalize on the success of Sweet Basil but provide our guests with a more casual atmosphere and dining experience with Mountain Standard. We believe the two restaurants are a great compliment to one another."
Paul Anders, Sweet Basil's executive chef, has been promoted to oversee the menu and execution at both restaurants; Sweet Basil's former chef de cuisine, Brian Brouillard, is heading the kitchen at Mountain Standard. "You get pure flavor when cooking over fire," he says. "We offer menu selections that are simply prepared-- sometimes with only three or four ingredients. We plan to keep the menu simple and straightforward, which is really the way I love to cook."
Mountain Standard is open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week; for more information, call 970-476-0123 or go to www.mtnstandard.com.