Aspen Grille opening for Spring 2022 semester

Student assembling a plate of food in the Aspen Grille kitchenThe Aspen Grille, a student-run restaurant located in the Lory Student Center, opens Thursday, February 10, for the spring semester.

The Aspen Grille is a learning lab in the Hospitality Management Program in the Colorado State University Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, and it’s important to the program’s emphasis on hands-on learning. Students working in the Aspen Grille take a semester-long class where they learn the ropes of cooking, food preparation, serving, and restaurant management.

Besides providing the opportunity for students to get real-world experience in their field, the Aspen Grille also prides itself on supporting local, sustainable producers, serving customers only the freshest and most nutritious ingredients.

Black History Month special menu

This week, the Aspen Grille will be featuring a limited-edition menu to honor Black History Month, which takes place throughout February. The menu was designed by the Black/African American Cultural Center, also located in the Lory Student Center, and will be available for order on February 10 and 11.

The Black History Month special menu includes the following:


Hush Puppies with Rémoulade

Main course (a choice of):

Oxtails Stew with Rice & Peas and Plantains

Jambalaya with Cornbread



To get to the Aspen Grille, head to the top floor of the Lory Student Center, through the University Club, to room 388. Making a reservation is recommended, especially when there’s a special menu being served.

The regular menu offered at the Aspen Grille has not changed, and online ordering is still available on Clover and Grubhub. The restaurant is open for lunch Tuesday-Friday, 11-1 p.m.

For more information on how to expand your tastebuds’ horizons, check out the Aspen Grille website!

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition is part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.