The Top Five Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings in Denver this Fall
You know we’re always hungry for something new and innovative in Denver, so we decided it was only appropriate to share the fall restaurant openings we’re most thrilled about!
Solitaire will open at 3484 W. 32nd Ave, in the former Highland’s Garden Café building. Chef Ferguson, who helped launch Spago, a Wolfgang Puck Seasonal American Restaurant in both Beaver Creek and Las Vegas, now brings us Solitaire. He has quite a lengthy culinary resume, has won many awards while in Vegas, and was named one of the top forty rising stars in the city. When he moved back to Colorado, he opened Spago in Vail, at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, and became the Executive Chef of the hotel. Following that venture, he started Solitaire Wine & Spirits, and now Mark and his wife Andrea, are opening Solitaire, which promises “something extraordinary and unexpected.” We are extremely excited about this promise!
Sarto’s will open at 2900 W. 25th Ave in Jefferson Park. Jefferson Park is becoming really hot lately, so it’s cool to see a restaurant that’s so highly anticipated opening up in the neighborhood. Sarto’s will be an Italian cuisine focused on fresh and seasonal ingredients. The restaurant will feature a giant Florentine style pizza oven that will aid in the preparation of various meats, pizza, pasta, plus grab-and-go meals. Sarto’s comes to us from Chef Brian Laird and partners Taylor Swallow and Kajsa Gotlin. Chef Laird, who has previously worked with Chef Kevin Taylor, has shown his great love of Italian eating throughout many interviews published about him. This love of food has inspired him to create Italian tapas at an eight-seat bar where there will be an ever-changing menu of what is available that day. My taste buds are eagerly waiting for this!
Milk & Honey
The name “Milk & Honey” takes me back to my childhood, eating toast with honey and a big glass of milk. I bet Chef Michael Schiell, of Michael’s Cherry Creek, was trying to tap into our childhood memories with this name, and hoping his patrons related his restaurant to that warm, fuzzy feeling you get from comfort food. What’s very different from your childhood though (we hope), is that Milk & Honey will be an upscale tavern restaurant, with “approachable cuisine, classic cocktails, wine and beer”. It’s opening up in the former Lime space in Larimer Square sometime this fall. We don’t have a lot of information about this restaurant (they don’t even have a website yet), but that definitely adds to the anticipation.
Brazen is NOW OPEN at 4500 W. 38th Ave, in the former 10 Flavors Yogurt space. Here we have another restaurant that features a “seasonal” and “approachable” menu, but in a rustic environment. Christopher Sargent, formerly of Rioja and Acorn, and Chef Lance Barto opened the restaurant in late September. It seems that these restaurateurs are hoping for a casual, neighborhood eatery. The dishes are designed for sharing, including “oysters, handmade pasta, and s’mores”. Yep, s’mores. In fact, that will be their featured, signature dessert. That’s totally awesome, and what a great addition to Jeff Park this will be.
Yes, we are talking about Pizzeria Locale, again. Why? Because I love it and you will too. Pizzeria Locale has taken over the space where Common Grounds used to be. This is now yet another cool addition to Highlands Square, a street that we didn’t think could get any cooler. Pizzeria Locale is brought to us by Chef Lachlan MacKinnon-Patterson and Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey, formerly of the Little Nell in Aspen and the French Laundry. These two brought us Frasca Food & Wine in Boulder, the original Pizzeria Locale in Boulder (personally my favorite pizza in THE ENTIRE WORLD), a Pizzeria Locale at 6th and Broadway, and now this Highlands to-be staple.
Denver is such a wonderful place to have an appetite – it’s a wonder that we’re one of the fittest states in the nation!