When Kelly Liken opened her namesake restaurant in the heart of the village of Vail, Colo., in 2004, Ski magazine wrote that the young chef “rattled the village’s culinary boy’s club.” But Liken, now 31, says the restaurant she owns with husband and partner Rick Colomitz is in part an effort to raise the bar in culinary cuisine in Vail and to lift Vail itself as a dining destination. “I don’t feel as if we compete against the other great restaurants here,” says Liken, who has also ...

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