Jimmy Yeager

Restaurateur

Aspen

Jimmy Yeager is the owner and operator of Jimmy's, An American Restaurant & Bar established in 1997 in Aspen. Yeager started his career in New York in the late 1970s, working in both the front and back of the house, learning all aspects of the hospitality trade. He then spent several years in the Los Angeles area before moving to Aspen in 1991. Since opening, Jimmy's has been recognized for its culinary, spirits and wine programs. Yeager has been recognized as one of the nation's leading experts on agave-based spirits, tequila and mezcal, and can often be found in Oaxaca exploring indigenous villages producing the finest mezcals in the world. He serves as President of the Board of Directors of Challenge Aspen, which provides adaptive recreation for those with cognitive and physical disabilities.

  • On October 19, 2012
    Jimmy Yeager answered the question: Jimmy Yeager

    What are Jimmy Yeager's favorite things to do in Aspen?

    1. Ski and Snowboard. Being in the mountains and having fun is what living in Aspen is all about.

    2. Hiking. For the same reason as above, plus when you are hiking you have the freedom to explore much more of the natural environs.

    3. Music. Aspen Music Festival in the summer draws the highest levels of classical music in the world. The local venues and other festivals complete the spectrum of music.

    4. Lecture series. The Aspen Institute, Aspen Center For Physics and other think tanks hold interesting lecture series.

    5. Events. There are tons of amazing events all year, including the X-Games, snow polo, film festivals, hot air balloon festivals, Ruggerfest and more.
  • On September 27, 2012
    Jimmy Yeager answered the question: Jimmy Yeager

    What are Jimmy Yeager’s favorite hotels?

    At the top of my list is the ARIA Sky Suites in Las Vegas. I feel notable at ARIA in the way they take care of me. The service is perfect and the suites are appointed beautifully. In general, the top Las Vegas hotels provide the greatest hotel value of any city in the world.
  • On September 27, 2012
    Jimmy Yeager answered the question: Jimmy Yeager

    What are your favorite hotels, and why do you like to stay at them?

    At the top of my list is the ARIA Sky Suites in Las Vegas. I feel notable at ARIA in the way they take care of me. The service is perfect and the suites are appointed beautifully. In general, the top Las Vegas hotels provide the greatest hotel value of any city in the world.
  • On August 22, 2012
    Jimmy Yeager answered the question: Jimmy Yeager

    What are Jimmy Yeager's favorite cities?

    New York to me will always be home base. I started bartending in the late 1970s on the Upper East Side where I was very fortunate to experience, as a young man, the “old” saloon culture of the city. I still gravitate to some of the old standbys, most notably P.J. Clarke’s on 55th Street and McSorley’s Old Ale House on Seventh Street.

    Aspen is where I have lived for the past 20 years. I know you can’t quite call Aspen a city because of its size (it’s literally smaller than one square block in New York City), but it definitely plays like one. Aspen is the perfect blend of Rocky Mountain pristine beauty and city sophistication. While surrounded by national forest land on three sides, we also have a powerful slice of urban culture represented by top-rated theater, movies, dance, music, restaurants, bars, Four- and Five-Star hotels, The Aspen Institute and more. As the owner of Jimmy’s, An American Restaurant & Bar, I don’t believe I could enjoy the career I have built in the hospitality business in other places considered “towns”. But all things considered, it’s the people that live here and visit that make this town truly unique and special.

    Las Vegas has been a favorite city of mine since the early 1980s. In the beginning, Vegas was all about playing cards and it’s still all about playing cards. What has changed is the world-class quality of restaurants and bars. Wow! Renowned chefs have cloned themselves and have done an amazing job. I love going to Jaleo or China Poblano by José Andrés in The Cosmopolitan or Emeril Lagasse’s Delmonico Steakhouse at The Venetian — a handful of the top cocktail specialists in the country are there. Creating leading programs are Drew Levinson, Tony Abou-Ganim and Tobin Ellis.
  • On August 22, 2012
    Jimmy Yeager answered the question: Jimmy Yeager

    What are Jimmy Yeager's favorite cities?

    New York to me will always be home base. I started bartending in the late 1970s on the Upper East Side where I was very fortunate to experience, as a young man, the “old” saloon culture of the city. I still gravitate to some of the old standbys, most notably P.J. Clarke’s on 55th Street and McSorley’s Old Ale House on Seventh Street.

    Aspen is where I have lived for the past 20 years. I know you can’t quite call Aspen a city because of its size (it’s literally smaller than one square block in New York City), but it definitely plays like one. Aspen is the perfect blend of Rocky Mountain pristine beauty and city sophistication. While surrounded by national forest land on three sides, we also have a powerful slice of urban culture represented by top-rated theater, movies, dance, music, restaurants, bars, Four- and Five-Star hotels, The Aspen Institute and more. As the owner of Jimmy’s, An American Restaurant & Bar, I don’t believe I could enjoy the career I have built in the hospitality business in other places considered “towns”. But all things considered, it’s the people that live here and visit that make this town truly unique and special.

    Las Vegas has been a favorite city of mine since the early 1980s. In the beginning, Vegas was all about playing cards and it’s still all about playing cards. What has changed is the world-class quality of restaurants and bars. Wow! Renowned chefs have cloned themselves and have done an amazing job. I love going to Jaleo or China Poblano by José Andrés in The Cosmopolitan or Emeril Lagasse’s Delmonico Steakhouse at The Venetian — a handful of the top cocktail specialists in the country are there. Creating leading programs are Drew Levinson, Tony Abou-Ganim and Tobin Ellis.
  • On August 22, 2012
    Jimmy Yeager answered the question: Jimmy Yeager

    What are Jimmy Yeager's favorite Italian restaurants in Aspen?

    L’Hostaria is my favorite of the few here. I like sitting at the bar, but the whole place is good — it’s good food served by good people, which is a great combination. For Italian on the more casual pizza, pasta and sandwich level, I like Bruno’s. It’s a great family-run place with big screen TVs and well-executed food.
  • On August 22, 2012
    Jimmy Yeager answered the question: Jimmy Yeager

    What are Jimmy Yeager's favorite Italian restaurants in Aspen?

    L’Hostaria is my favorite of the few here. I like sitting at the bar, but the whole place is good — it’s good food served by good people, which is a great combination. For Italian on the more casual pizza, pasta and sandwich level, I like Bruno’s. It’s a great family-run place with big screen TVs and well-executed food.
  • On August 22, 2012
    Jimmy Yeager answered the question: Jimmy Yeager

    What are Jimmy Yeager's favorite restaurants?

    I like Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, Zaytinya and Jaleo in Washington D.C., and Jaleo and China Poblano in Las Vegas — all by José Andrés I love the way José thinks about food and then brings it to the table — lots and lots of small plates of exciting dishes, big explosions of flavors and unique combinations and presentations.

    Mario Batali's restaurants always deliver. I have loved Babbo since it opened because of the perfect ambiance and execution of challenging menu items. I like Casa Mono for its authentic Spanish tapas and quaint European street side feel, and Del Posto for its grandeur, great menu, wine list and for the overall feeling diners get that they are someplace important.

    I like Comstock Saloon in San Francisco. It's a throwback to the Barbary Coast days and is a real bar with an authentic menu of bar foods. The beef shank and bone marrow potpie with arugula salad is sublime.
  • On August 22, 2012
    Jimmy Yeager answered the question: Jimmy Yeager

    What are Jimmy Yeager's favorite restaurants?

    I like Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, Zaytinya and Jaleo in Washington D.C., and Jaleo and China Poblano in Las Vegas — all by José Andrés I love the way José thinks about food and then brings it to the table — lots and lots of small plates of exciting dishes, big explosions of flavors and unique combinations and presentations.

    Mario Batali's restaurants always deliver. I have loved Babbo since it opened because of the perfect ambiance and execution of challenging menu items. I like Casa Mono for its authentic Spanish tapas and quaint European street side feel, and Del Posto for its grandeur, great menu, wine list and for the overall feeling diners get that they are someplace important.

    I like Comstock Saloon in San Francisco. It's a throwback to the Barbary Coast days and is a real bar with an authentic menu of bar foods. The beef shank and bone marrow potpie with arugula salad is sublime.