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The Way Back’s Owner Opens a Carbondale Restaurant

The Way Home breathes new life into this mountain town’s dining scene

The Way Home is located in a century-old house at 689 Main Street, Carbondale
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Carbondale may be off the beaten path, but this Aspen neighbor has added another reason to detour for dinner in the Roaring Fork Valley. Kade Gianinetti, a partner in Denver’s popular eatery The Way Back and the former Wayward — he also has a hand in Method Roasters, Wendell’s, and American Grind — has brought a winning concept to the mountain town where he grew up.

The Way Home opened earlier this week with a menu inspired in part by Gianinetti’s family recipes — gnocchi with oxtail sauce, eggplant parmesan, scallops and polenta. In the kitchen, most everything is made in-house and sourced from local producers. The Way Home’s chef Flip Wise previously cooked at Oak at 14th in Boulder. Also on the team is Lacy Hughes, owner of Carbondale-based coffee shop Silo.

Located in the former home of chef Mark Fischer’s farm-to-table restaurant Six89, The Way Home’s century-old house has been remodeled entirely and includes two modern guest suites upstairs. Downstairs there are two dining rooms, a bar, and an enclosed sun porch. Outside is a street-facing patio, while around back there is a large lot that will be used for community gatherings — barbecues, receptions, film screenings, and concerts. With The Way Home, Gianinetti, Hughes, and Wise hope to take hospitality in the valley to the next level. The team will act as a conduit in the community, arranging activities for their overnight guests.

Status: The Way Home is now open at 689 Main Street, Carbondale, weekdays from 5 to 10 p.m. and weekends from 5 p.m. to midnight. The restaurant is closed on Sundays.