Yesterday, Humboldt, a self-described farm, fish, and wine restaurant, opened its doors in the space previously occupied by Strings for nearly three decades. The restaurant, created by veteran hospitality group Concepts Restaurants, promises to bring modern, re-interpreted classics and great cocktails to this 17th Avenue location.
The 4000 square foot space has been updated with assistance from architect Ken Andrews of Arch 11 and Concepts designer, Dianna Lynn. There are 180 seats total, with 30 in and around a U-shaped bar, 40 on the outside patio along 17th Avenue as well as a private dining area in the large atrium.
By opening up the dining space, the restaurant aims to foster an energetic and transparent atmosphere full of natural light. The exhibition oyster bar and open kitchen allows guests a direct view into a working kitchen. The bar area is open and inviting, accented by a luminescent overhead bar lit from underneath with LED lights, further building on Humboldt's transparency theme.
In the kitchen, executive chef DJ Nagel and chef de cuisine Kollin Gately along with their team collaborated on a menu that highlights seasonal and modern cuisine. There is something for everyone on the menu from an ever-changing fresh oyster menu to signature items such as a Crystal River Colorado grassfed all-natural beef and ocean friendly seafood, offered in both small plates for sharing and sampling, as well as large entree plates.
The restaurant will provide free valet parking, serve lunch and dinner daily, brunch on weekends and offer a daily happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m