Good bye Phat Thai, hello Harman's Eat & Drink! Chef Mark Fischer closed his Asian-inspired eatery in Cherry Creek North just a couple of weeks ago and, yesterday, he reopened the doors to a restaurant that features imaginative yet simple American food.
The inspiration behind Harman's Eat & Drink is drawn from Fischer's award-winning restaurant, the Pullman, which was named to Esquire Magazine's 'Best New Restaurants' list in 2011. The menu features snacks, such as English pea falafel with cilantro mint yogurt and pig fries with franks with sunchoke ranch; small plates, such as gin-cured salmon and rabbit and carrot terrine, as well as large plates, including porchetta with heirloom grits and freekah fritters.
The updated and unpretentious space seats 140 with another 24 seats at a handsome bar. The space is clean and spare with repurposed barn wood, Colorado pine, distressed concrete and lots of communal seating. The restaurant also includes a chef's counter seating 12. A six-course meal with wine or beer pairings will be available and change monthly, with one seating per night.
Harman's Eat & Drink was named after Edwin P. Harman who is credited with first settling the Cherry Creek North area. So here's a little history lesson on the popular Denver neighborhood: Harman purchased 320 acres in 1871 just north of Cherry Creek and east of what is now University Boulevard and platted Harman's Subdivision of Arapahoe County in 1882. The area grew and, by 1885, approximately 140 persons owned land in Harman's Subdivision. On Nov. 17, 1886, with the goal of providing the growing community with public facilities such as finished and graded streets, street lamps, irrigation pipes, ditches, and canals, the Town of Harman was eventually was incorporated by the City of Denver.
Harman's will be open seven days a week, serving lunch Monday through Saturday, brunch on Sunday and dinner every night.