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First look: HUSH founder Phil Armstrong opens Aurum Food & Wine in Steamboat Springs

You can always tell when a restaurateur is apathetic, even when it's his first rodeo and the balls are to the walls. Phil Armstrong is the antitheses of the indifferent restaurant owner. Armstrong, who first made a name for himself five years ago, when he started an underground supper club in Denver called Hush -- a supper club that put chefs, both lionized and unknown, in the spotlight -- has spent years behind the scenes, consulting for restaurants and working in restaurants and hotels, but Aurum Food & Wine, which opened last week in Steamboat Springs, on the rushing banks of the Yampa River, is all his, and it's clear that this is a guy who couldn't be more thankful for a shot at his dream.

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Lori Midson
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