Collective

A new restaurant is opening inside The Collective at Snowmass Base Village this weekend.

The restaurant, called mix6, is a fast-casual dining concept from award-winning Aspen chef Martin Oswald. The name of the restaurant comes from its unique format where diners get to pick six different items from a collection of chef-curated food. The items can range from meats and seafood to seasoned vegetables and they will offer a variety of bases, such as salads and rice, as well.

“These days, everybody has their own preferences,” said Oswald, an Austrian who moved to the valley after working under acclaimed chefs like Wolfgang Puck. “Here, the guest becomes the chef. That’s the beauty of this concept.”

All of the flavor combinations and seasonings are hand-selected by Oswald and guests order directly with the chefs who prepare their meal. Oswald said that he’s taking what he’s learned under the likes of Puck and trying to offer it in a more casual, accessible way.

The restaurant is part of the new Collective building formerly known as Building 6. Adjacent to mix6 is Oswald’s other project, moxibar, serving cocktails and hot drinks for warming up off the mountain.

When it officially opens this weekend, The Collective will also include a game room in the downstairs and the Collective Lounge, which can be configured as a party space or performance venue. Oswald said he’s excited about the space because it can bring “three generations in one building.”

“It’s truly unique anywhere,” Oswald said. “To get the whole family together. I think it will appeal to the entire valley. It’s much more than just a simple après ski.”

Both mix6 and moxibar officially open on Saturday, and they’re throwing a party to help celebrate. Plus, “dinner is on us,” he says.

Starting at 4 p.m., dinner is on the house and a cash bar will be available. Oswald encourages folks to come early, as the meal will be first-come, first-serve. There will also be live music at the grand opening dinner.

Saturday will also be the first time that the downstairs game lounge will be open to the public. Oswald said it’s a great time to bring the family because the kids can check out the game room while the parents can enjoy the new restaurant.

The restaurant will also host a brunch at 10 a.m. on Sunday with shrimp and grits, steak and eggs, pancakes and other brunch items. There will also be offering a “Grandiose” bloody mary bar. The real kicker is that the first 30 people in the door get a $30 dollar gift card, which can be used then and there. So, a guest who plays their cards right could get two free meals in Snowmass this weekend, just for showing up.

Chapman is the web editor for Aspen Daily News. He can be reached at chapman@aspendailynews.com or on Twitter @Nescwick.