From a gigantic 11,000 square foot space that seats over 400 people, MainLine started to pour beers and more serving up an extensive chef-driven food menu at the same time.
There are two levels to this new eatery and pub owned by the Wynkoop-Breckenridge Holdings and each has its own attractions for guests. On the first floor, there is a large bar wrapped along a warm lit-up orange wall. From the bar, bartenders trained by the group's beverage director Ken Kodys mix crafted cocktails and pour beers from an impressive 32 [MainLine of] taps ranging from Wynkoop's own brews to esoteric choices from Colorado and beyond. A highlight - and the last beer that Ken Kodys would drink if he had to pick one here- is the Social Insecurity from Black Bottle Brewing. On the main floor, there are intimate tables for two or four, community counter tables, a private dining room, and more.
On the other side of the impressively large staircase there is another bar, many more tables, the Temperance Lounge cocooned in couches and clad in a black and white mural, and a big patio that allows guests to enjoy Colorado's temperate weather.
The culinary program at MainLine sprawls into two kitchens, one upstairs and one on the main level. Executive chef Eric Chiapetta moved to Fort Collins in April to start working on this venture after his friend, company executive chef Chris Cina, asked him to join the team. The two classically trained chefs created two menus that cover a broad range of dishes in the Americana with a nod to Southern cooking style. The main floor menu is more extensive and boasts a larger selection of entrees ranging from three kinds of burgers to shrimp and grits and a variety of soups and salads. Upstairs, the TreeHouse menu features smaller plates with a tad more progressive vibe, according to chef Chiapetta. A winner on the TreeHouse menu is the sweet potato waffle with chicken fried rabbit confit. Vegetarian and vegan options are available on both menus. Eater asked Chiapetta to choose only one dish from his menu that he would eat as his last meal. He picked the chicken and waffles.
MainLine serves lunch and dinner seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
The Wynkoop-Breckenridge Holdings is currently deep into construction at its forthcoming restaurant in Platt Park, Sessions. That eatery and pub, which will be helmed by Scott Parker, the former exec chef of Table 6, will continue the chef and cocktail-driven philosophy but will bring a totally new and different set of food offerings to its audience. The anticipated opening for Sessions late September.
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