Mark Ferguson, formerly of Spago in Vail and Las Vegas, will open Solitaire, a restaurant featuring diversified world cuisine and a comfortable bar in the former Highland's Garden Café. The website for the new restaurant joining the ever-changing West Highland area announces its presence with this description.
Everyone will miss the beautiful gardens, fresh food, Sunday brunches, and holiday cheer of Pat Perry and The Highland's Garden Café, but Ferguson has great plans for the much-loved space. The gardens are already being tended, the house is being painted, and the interior is being reconfigured with a brand-new bar.
After 16 years in Las Vegas and five years in Vail, Ferguson has returned home to Denver and is excited to be opening a place of his very own. Soltaire's world cuisine and comfy bar should be a very welcome addition to the West Highland's community.
Highland's Garden Cafe closed at the end of August, with promises to reopen the restaurant, but also an offer for anyone interested to buy the restaurant that had been open for nearly two decades. The 12,500 square foot property located at 3927 W 32nd Avenue, along with 4,108 square foot of connected buildings was listed for $1,025,000.
Before the space was sold, the restaurant's website posted this description:
It is really the gardens that keep us in step with the seasons: sparkling winter landscapes, early spring lilacs, fragrant summer roses, crisp fall colors. We planted these beds 16 years ago and have nurtured them over time. The winter evergreens, spring bulbs, flowering shrubs and perennials happily tumble over each other despite all attempts at order. This garden delights for our guests strolling the brick pathways that connect our four patios....
One of the best things about living in Denver is the number of days with sunshine and blue skies. The Café was designed to take full advantage of Colorado's moderate climate, year round!
For over a hundred years, this property was home to numerous generations of Denverites. We inherited a landscape filled with mature trees. We added flowering shrubs, evergreens and perennials to create a garden theme, enriching the Victorian essence and sense of place we found. We are pleased to share these gardens with our guests as they dine.
Solitaire is slated to open next spring.