This quick read gives you the highlights of a few of our favorite new restaurants and venues. If you see something you like or want to discuss additional possibilities, call and use our creative and knowledgeable team as a resource.
Ambria – Chef/Owner Jeremy Kittelson masterfully showcases his contemporary American cuisine with the finest seasonal ingredients to create soulful, rustic dishes uniquely inspired by the philosophies of the Mediterranean Region. On our first visit there, we enjoyed a sampling of small plates, mixing and matching to construct our own solid and varied meals from the simply categorized menu including numerous vegetable, meat and seafood options. Ambria hosts both intimate gatherings and grand occasions. Private and semi-private event spaces from 14-48 and full buyouts are available.
District Meats – In early December, Denver welcomed Charlie Palmer and District Meats to town in the hearts of the historic LoDo neighborhood. In the spirit of the great American mid-century roadhouse, District Meats serves seriously fresh food in a casual “come one, come all” atmosphere to create a local source of convivial community, no matter where you’re from. Drawing extensively from the surrounding Central Colorado food shed, Chef Jeff Russell offers modern favorites via an earthy, meat-centric menu partnered with a sensible wine and sprits menu.
History Colorado – Set to open in the spring of 2012, the new museum is designed to ignite imaginations of all ages about Colorado history. The museum offers a variety of special event spaces for intimate groups of 100 to larger gatherings of 500+. The gem of the museum, the Atrium, is a truly amazing space that allows guests to dine under the stars with a full view of the night sky behind the glass sawtooth roof and dance on an incredibly beautiful terrazzo tile floor decorated with views from across Colorado.
Studio Loft – Situated above the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver’s Performing Arts Complex, The Studio Loft is a recently repurposed space offering 8,000sf of private event space with a cathedral ceiling, exposed brick, warm-colored walls and high windows letting in natural light. The Studio Loft also houses a smaller ‘pre-functional’ room that includes a bar and its own private 14th street entrance. The Studio Loft can hold approximately 250-400 people and can be used for several types of events such as small black-box type performances, pre-theatre VIP parties, conferences, holiday celebrations and other gatherings.
Additional New Restaurants and Venues Worth Noting:
- Coohills – French-inspired seasonal menu, with heavy American (particularly Californian) overtones
- Paxia – Elevates traditional Mexican cuisine, offering signature dishes with fresh authentic ingredients available
- Clifford Still Museum – Celebrate the spirit of the Abstract Expressionist movement and the work of Clyfford Still
- Studios at Overland Crossing – This historic warehouse has been repurposed into an open, two-story venue with large timbered ceilings providing a natural atmosphere within the event space
- Emerson Mansion – Built in 1899, you’ll be amazed at how no detailed was spared in this quaint historic venue