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"Tapas and Pastries and Bears, Oh My!"
"To call Alia Joonas, 27, ambitious is like saying Aspen Mountain is just a ski hill. A native of Mauritius, Joonas attended college in California and, while hanging out in a favorite café, decided on a goal: opening a chain of bakeries on the Indian Ocean island where she grew up.
She studied hospitality in the South of France and worked in hotels there and in Dubai, but instead of Mauritius, Joonas is realizing her dream by opening her own restaurant in Aspen—two, in fact—having moved here four years ago with a friend...."
"Top Pre-Mountain Breakfast Spots"
"Brand-new this season, Bear Den is nestled in the cozy Victorian cottage at the corner of Hopkins and Monarch streets. Vibrant and beautifully designed, this local cafe and bakery serves both a grab-and-go and sit-down breakfast daily.
Our pick: The “Grab & GOndola” sandwich (see what they did there?)..."
"Four New Dining Destinations
Worth The Visit"
"...Joonas owner, Alia Joonas brings those European culinary touches with her to Aspen's newest bakery-cafe in the snug brick cottage on the corner of Restaurant Row. Coffee, homemade pasteries, bread and combination breakfast plates will have a line out the door most mornings.
Come afternoon, find a robust melting-pot lunch menu of soups, salads and sandwiches influenced by European, Middle Eastern and Asian flavors (everything on the menu is organic). By happy hour, stay for the wine, craft cocktails and other homemade drinks."