Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Restaurants make prestigious list

Two Ketchum restaurants are in Wine Spectator magazine's annual Restaurant Awards list recognizing eateries with outstanding wine lists.

Il Naso and the Pioneer Saloon were among only nine Idaho restaurants. The list, published in the current, Aug. 31, edition of the magazine, recognizes more than 3,700 restaurants in the U.S. and in foreign nations.

Aston selects new general manager

Aston Hotels & Resorts has named Bob Nero to the post of general manager of Aston Hotels & Resorts Sun Valley. According to a press release from the company, Nero brings expertise in hospitality industry management to the Sun Valley community, where he has lived and worked since 1974.

Nero's business career includes previous management of Sun Valley resorts and ownership of his own insurance and product distribution companies. In the community, he has served on the boards of directors and economic development teams for a wide range of organizations, including the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau, the Ketchum-Sun Valley Rotary Club, Pioneer Montessori School and the Ketchum Community Development Corp.

"I was happy in the business sector but missed the challenge of the resort industry," Nero said. Based in Honolulu, Aston Hotels & Resorts manages more than 4,300 units in more than 27 properties in the four major Hawaiian Islands, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Lake Las Vegas, Nev., and the Sun Valley area.

Sego Restaurant closes

Ketchum's Sego Restaurant & Bar has closed its doors.

The restaurant, formerly at 131 Washington Ave., opened in December 2009.

Sego had art on loan from the Gail Severn Gallery and outfitted the restaurant with work from local artisans. The menu incorporated Idaho farmers' fare into its offerings.

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