Hola, Chica!

A welcome new addition to Aspen’s vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene
High-altitude luxury and Latin-American style are inspirations behind Chica’s decor.

by Nancy Kane

Bringing enough Miami heat to melt the snowy slopes, popular Latin restaurant Chica, helmed by celebrity chef Lorena Garcia, opened in the Residences at The Little Nell. With prime views of the mountain from the large dining area and expansive outdoor terrace and bar, Chica Aspen is colorfully designed by the Rockwell Group. Garcia blends the bold flavors of Latin American cuisine as one culture, with influences from Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina offering both classic renditions and signature interpretations; on weekends, Chica Nights provide a dining experience filled with live musicians, exotic performers and DJs to dance the night away. “Expanding into the Aspen market has always been a dream of mine,” says John Kunkel, CEO of 50 Eggs, the hospitality group behind Chica. “I’ve been coming here for at least 15 years with my family. The Aspen community is distinct, as it has an abundant arts and culture scene that lends itself to sophistication while at the same time remaining low-key and approachable. Our restaurant, Chica, is the perfect fit for this atmosphere.”
501 E. Dean St. —N.K