Kelly Liken to create new restaurant at Sonnenalp Club in Edwards |

Kelly Liken to create new restaurant at Sonnenalp Club in Edwards

Chef Kelly Liken will create a new restaurant at the Sonnenalp Club in Edwards, set to open in June.
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VAIL — Chef Kelly Liken announced Monday that she is partnering with the Sonnenalp Club and owner Johannes Faessler to create a new restaurant. The restaurant, which will open to the Vail Valley and Sonnenalp members in June, will take the place of Balata. Balata will continue operations until March.

“I’ve been looking for the right opportunity to continue my hospitality brand in the Vail Valley,” Liken said. “The Faesslers have a long history in the area and truly understand hospitality. I’m excited to bring my culinary perspective to the Sonnenalp Club and provide a fresh, new option for club members and locals alike.”


For more than 30 years, the Sonnenalp Club, owned by the Faessler family, has offered golf, swimming, tennis, fitness facilities, restaurant and social activities. Now, the Club is embarking on a master plan to re-energize and reprogram the Edwards venue, incorporating education, lifestyle, fitness, golf and family events for its membership and the entire Vail Valley community.

The Sonnenalp Club began restructuring and enhancing its experience in January, adding sports memberships to full membership offerings, as well as partnering with ClubCorp of America, meaning that full members of the Sonnenalp Club now have benefits that extend throughout the country at more than 250 private club facilities. The club recently broke ground on the new Health and Fitness Facility, and the new restaurant is part of this next phase of construction and renovation.

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“I believe that food and family go hand in hand,” Faessler said. “We are excited to welcome Kelly Liken and her passion, creativity and expertise into the Sonnenalp family.”

Balata will be open through Oct. 25 and then will reopen for the winter season in December and will continue service until the end of February. Renovations will begin in March, and the new restaurant is slated to open in June.

“This new dining concept at Sonnenalp Club will have a fresh look, menu and name,” Liken said. “I’ll continue to share my farm-to-table philosophy while creating a casual and family friendly experience with approachable pricing.”

For more information about the Sonnenalp Club or membership opportunities, visit http://www.sonnenalp or call Heidi Cofelice, Sonnenalp Club general manager, at 970-477-5375.

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