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For the week of Feb. 16 through Feb. 22, 2000

Bald Mountain’s original restaurant reopens

Express Staff Writer

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After three years sitting idly on Bald Mountain’s eastern shoulder, the Roundhouse restaurant reopened on Jan. 28.

"We’ve always had the idea that we need a unique dining experience on the mountain," Sun Valley Co. spokesman Jack Sibbach said at the Roundhouse on Friday.

And the Roundhouse restaurant was the obvious choice, at least for the remainder of this year, Sibbach said.

Sibbach said he’s not sure what the future holds for the nostalgic old building. And, he added, he’s not sure why Sun Valley Co. closed the restaurant three years ago.

The octagonal structure, built around a central stone fireplace, was completed in time for Bald Mountain’s 1940 ski season. It was later renovated in 1946 and 1976. It remains now as it was in 1976.

Sibbach said the building has been used for marriages and social events during its three-year closure.

Roundhouse manager Gilles Ikonon said he "just likes the place. I like the people I’m working with here. My satisfaction is the guests’ having a great time."

Sun Valley Co. is now operating all five restaurants on Bald Mountain, including the popular Seattle Ridge Lodge.

Sibbach said he doesn’t anticipate that the Roundhouse will compete with the Seattle Ridge or River Run lodges, but will complement them with a unique alternative.

"In a couple hours, Seattle Ridge does what [business] River Run does all day," Sibbach said.

Seattle Ridge serves hundreds of meals each day, Sibbach said. The Roundhouse, by comparison, served between 75 and 80 last Thursday.

On a slightly different, but related topic, Sibbach said the Lookout Restaurant atop Baldy will eventually be renovated. The Lookout, as it is now, was designed as the basement for a multi-story building, Sibbach said.


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