And while Aemomo is in town, it’s still a bit off the beaten path – but owners Mike Guskea and Sophia Kyriakakis wouldn’t have it any other way.
The new location, which opened in January, is situated on the west end of town on the corner of Pacific and Davis streets, in the space previously home to the Rosebud DVD rental store. Aemono’s expansion (the main kitchen is still open in Lawson Hill) puts owners Guskea and Kyriakakis back in their old neighborhood; the duo once owned and operated the Swede Finn bar and restaurant, also on the west end of Pacific Street. After closing their Aemono location in the Mountain Village Market last winter, the business began searching for another locale. The sunlit corner space on West Pacific emerged as the perfect candidate.
“We love the off-the-beaten path location,” Guskea says of the new west Telluride haunt, which sits kitty-corner to Siam restaurant and just up the road from Pacific Street Liquors.
“We have enough of a following that we don’t really need to be right on main street,” Kyriakakis explains. “People already know what we’re all about.”
And what Aemomo is about is delicious food that is ready-to-go, with a wide-ranging menu that offers something for everyone, any day of the week. In other words, Aemono tries to make life less complicated for those who love to eat well but don’t love the fuss of shopping, cooking and cleaning.
“The idea is that everything is fast and easy, so you can grab something before you head out to the lifts or after work for an easy dinner,” says Guskea.
“We like seeing the same people week after week,” he adds, explaining that since opening the new Telluride store customers who once frequented the Swede Finn now make regular stops.
Aemono, which is a Japanese term meaning “dressed foods,” prides itself on being able to offer a varying menu that makes it possible for customers to become “regulars” without getting bored. As Guskea explains, the idea behind opening Aemono originally evolved out of the desire to offer a menu that never grows old; and while some Aemono specialties, like the Asian tuna bowls, Tandoori chicken salad, and good old macaroni and cheese are familiar stand-bys, diverse options assure that customers can return week after week – and never have to eat the same thing twice. On any given day, Aemono’s counter could deliver Asian-inspired dishes, Italian favorites, Mexican specialties, even tastes from the Mediterranean, as well as inspired salads and sandwiches.
Aemono Telluride also offers a new breakfast menu that includes sandwiches and burritos, biscuits and gravy, frittatas, and the eatery’s famous granola with fruit and yogurt.
Aemono’s Telluride store is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Lawson Hill location is open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Aemono Catering can be reached for orders at 728-2085 (Lawson Hill, main kitchen) or 728-4748 (Telluride).