Bamboo Bear Restaurant in Aspen, Colorado, offers gourmet Asian food. We serve yum-inducing dishes and homemade desserts that engage all of your senses. You'll also enjoy your time while eating at our establishment. We offer a casual dining setting that is filled with the sounds of Asian pop music. Visit us today to eat some tantalizing food. Our team can't wait to serve you.
Located in the downtown area in Aspen, our restaurant is very convenient to walk to. We are three blocks from the base of the gondola and not far from Highway 82. Our restaurant is the last stop before Independence Pass.
Our location has several features. We have a semi-open kitchen that showcases our products. There is also a long wooden bar, where you can pull up for a quick bite while enjoing the action. We also have indoor and outdoor dining areas for you to enjoy. We also feature a 12 ft table with food pictures from the many travels to Asia imbeded into the table top. The fun small space is filled with decorations from Vietnam that make the space feel warm and authentic. Our outdoor seating offers a great View of Aspen mountain while you eat a tasty meal.
Introducing Chef Vincent "Vinnie" Bagford
Chef Vincent is the owner and operator of our restaurant. He and his wife, Xuan Ha bring many attributes to the table. Vinnie is an award-winning chef who has prepared himself for a career as a restaurateur. He has more than 15 years of industry experience, having worked at various eating and catering establishments.
As a junior in high school, Vinnie left school to attend vocational school at Greene County Career Center. While there, he competed in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America hot food team competition. Vinnie proved to be a natural. He became the captain of the hot foods team and led them to be first in the state of Ohio. During the 1999 to 2000 school year, he and the team were ranked fourth in the nation. Later, Vinnie attended and graduated from Johnson & Wales University™.
Striving for Success
Having also played sports since an early age, Vinnie enjoys being competitive. He has the drive to win and succeed in any competition. He has also regularly worked more than 50-hour work weeks, which has given him the stamina to lead his restaurant team.
Meet Our Co-Owner
Xuan Ha is the co-owner and managing partner of our restaurant. She was born and raised in Vietnam. While in school, Xuan studied to gain an education in hospitality. After school, she worked in one of the country's largest banquet and catering event halls, the White Palace. Xuan worked many years for the establishment.
Coming to America with the dream of one day sharing her family's and Vietnam's passion for fresh, healthy, and delicious food with everyone.
Starting Our Business
Xuan wanted to find a way to introduce people to her culture through food. The opportunity arose, and
this led to her going into business with her husband. It would be a way for her to reach people through the universal language of food.
Xuan has a positive personality and is very detailed. She is always smiling and enjoys welcoming individuals to our eatery.