Restaurant Avondale set to open Sept. 18 |

Restaurant Avondale set to open Sept. 18

Daily Staff ReportVail CO, Colorado
Nelson Kunkel/Special to the Daily

AVON, Colorado Independent chef/owner Thomas Salamunovich will open Restaurant Avondale on Sept. 18 inside the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa. Salamunovich, a local restaurateur, is known for his unique and winning Colorado-based concepts including Larkspur in Vail and Larkburger in Edwards. Avondale, his third restaurant, will offer simple, seasonal cuisine that emphasizes a strong farm-to-table relationship.Salamunovich has assembled a hospitality team that includes some of his key management from Larkspur for this expansion. Richard Purkiss, who was a dining room manager at Larkspur for three years and has more than 15 years of fine dining background will serve as general manager of food and beverage for the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa. Jelena Musa joined the Larkspur team in 2007 from La Casa del Zorro in San Diego; she will be Avondales general manager. Jelena was recently named one of 30 Under 30 outstanding hospitality professionals by the trade magazine Restaurant Business.Mike Regrut, most recently Larkspurs executive chef, will serve as the executive chef of the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa. Regrut spent his tenure at Larkspur cultivating a strong relationship with a Gypsum farmer who has been supplying 80 percent of the restaurants produce. Now, both Avondale and Larkspur will bring a daily harvest to the table. Regrut himself goes to the farm on a regular basis to select what is most ripe for that days dishes. He will oversee all food and beverage operations for the Westins banquets, in-room dining, spa and poolside service.Jeremy Kittelson moved to Colorado in spring of 2007 after receiving exemplary reviews from the Wall Street Journal and Food & Wine magazine as executive chef of mobile four star Tapawingo in Ellsworth, Michigan. Prior to that he worked at the acclaimed Blackbird Restaurant in Chicago. Kittelson will now serve as Avondales executive chef and will oversee breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the restaurant. The Manhattan-based architects, Asfour Guzy, are responsible for Avondales design. Posh and contemporary, Avondale has several cozy seating areas and a private dining room available for small groups. The bar features a glass enclosed wine cellar and a circular seating area. The Redondo has a fire-centered round table and a semi-circular window with a view of the Eagle River and Beaver Creek. Known for their award-winning projects of diverse scale across the U.S. and Europe, Asfour Guzys restaurant designs have included the highly acclaimed Blue Hill at Stone Barns in upstate New York and Redd in Yountville, Calif.Avondale will open for dinner starting Sept. 18 and will add breakfast and lunch availability on September 24. Call 970-790-5500 for reservations. For more information, visit

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