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Hestia to replace ella restaurant in Carbondale

John Stroud
Post Independent Staff

CARBONDALE – One Main Street Carbondale restaurant is no longer, but plans are already in the works for another restaurant bearing a familiar mid-valley name to take its place soon.

Restaurant ella closed its doors a few weeks ago at 348 Main St. for what was to be an off-season reprieve, but the financially troubled eatery never did reopen.

Ella had been in operation since fall of 2007, and nearly closed in May of this year after losing its investors. But a deal was worked out to keep the restaurant, operated by husband and wife Ian and Jessie Kipp, open through the summer.

Reached by phone earlier this week, Jessie Kipp declined to comment on the circumstances that led to the decision to close for good.

In the meantime, Hestia, a restaurant specializing in Mediterranean fare that operated in Basalt for a few years after opening in the summer of 2003, is set to take over the former ella space.

According to co-owner Stacey Baldock, the new restaurant will have a limited menu and the bar will be open for cocktails during the Dec. 4 First Friday and Light Up Carbondale celebration, from 5-10 p.m. A grand opening for the restaurant is planned for Monday, Dec. 7.

Baldock and business partner Pagge Wheatley also operated The Goat, a Mediterranean-style deli, on Main Street in Carbondale for a brief time after Hestia in Basalt closed.

The Basalt Hestia featured an open-air kitchen, where patrons could observe as their meals were prepared. The larger ella location features a similar arrangement, with an open kitchen at the back, a combined dining room/bar in the middle and a front dining room looking out onto Main Street.

As for ella, the Kipps had hoped to line up new investors and a long-term agreement after announcing on April 21 that the restaurant would have to close by May.

“We haven’t secured anything long term, but there has been a bunch of interest since we announced we’d be closing,” Ian Kipp said at the time. “We are very hopeful we can secure new investment.”


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