Aspen Battles Restoration Hardware
RH is on a mission to colonize luxury cities. In Aspen, residents are drawing the line, by Air Mail's Emilia Petrarca. Also, news from NYC and Los Angeles
At the start of 2021, Restoration Hardware, which rebranded as RH in 2012, announced plans for a large-scale development in Aspen. Investing $105 million in local real estate, the RH “ecosystem,” as the company called it, would include a two-story retail space (RH Gallery) with a glass rooftop restaurant, a hotel (RH Guesthouse) with a spa (RH Bath House & Spa), plus stand-alone homes (RH Residences). At the time, RH anticipated that the guesthouse and spa would open in the second half of 2022. A few months into 2023, however, construction has only started on just two of the three properties. Residents have concerns.
DINE | NEW YORK | LA RESIDENCE
Twelve floors above Crosby Street, Yann Nury has created a fine-dining haven with the feel of your most stylish friend’s living room. The 39-year-old French chef started his career cooking alongside Daniel Boulud at private events in Upper East Side penthouses and SoHo lofts.
Visiting one client’s Wooster Street apartment with round windows and exposed brick, Nury began to dream of creating something similar. Designed in collaboration with Parisian architect Charles Zana, La Residence is complete with 16-foot ceilings, a custom Molteni stove, and sleek furniture.Mouthwatering dishes include Malossol Astrakhan caviar with avocado, Wagyu-beef Wellington, tender Dover sole, and grilled cheese made with Comté.While La Residence is available to book out for events, it’s invitation-only. There is no phone number to call. Instead, like with anything good in the city, you have to know somebody who knows Nury. (instagram.com) —Elena Clavarino @ Air Mail
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The delayed construction of Restoration Hardware's Aspen development is undoubtedly a cause for concern among local residents and business owners. The company's ambitious plan to create a multi-use "ecosystem" in the heart of the city was seen by many as a promising sign of growth and economic development. However, the fact that construction has only started on two of the three properties, with the hotel and spa delayed, is undoubtedly disappointing.
It remains to be seen what factors may have contributed to the delay, whether they are related to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions or other issues. Nonetheless, it is important for Restoration Hardware to keep local stakeholders informed about their progress and any potential setbacks, and to work closely with the community to ensure that the development ultimately benefits everyone involved.
It is also worth considering the broader implications of this situation. As more and more companies look to invest in real estate and other large-scale development projects, it is important to balance the potential benefits with the potential risks and challenges. Projects like Restoration Hardware's Aspen development have the potential to drive economic growth and create new jobs, but they must be undertaken with careful consideration for the needs and concerns of the local community. Ultimately, the success of such projects depends on a collaborative approach that takes into account the perspectives of all stakeholders involved.