Chef Matt Stein's impressive resume includes iconic restaurants like NYC's Le Cirque —in its heyday — and Aspen's former it-place Gordon's. After spending 23 with the King's Seafood Company, a California-based culinary group that operates multiple restaurants, including the acclaimed fish house Water Grill, Stein returned to Colorado two years ago. He helped open Colorado's first location of Bruxie's and now is he gearing up to launch his first restaurant, Chowder Room, along with his wife Carrie, a pastry chef.
Chowder Room will open in a 1,500 square foot space set at 560 South Broadway. The space used to house the Recipe Box, a little shop that provided dinner kits and prepared meals, and My Big Fat Greek Cafe prior to that.
Stein and his wife are in the thick of construction and remodeling. The couple hopes to create an eatery that is comfortable, casual, and modern. There are wood floors, a white tin ceiling, banquettes on one side of the space and booths on the other, plus a 12 foot long communal table in the center of the dining room. A big upgrade on the patio is planned for the spring.
The 35 seat eatery will be a casual seafood cafe serving things like approachable chowders, oysters, crab cakes, and an occasional lobster. A small scale drink menu will include wine, beer, and cocktails.
Pending liquor license approvals and construction schedules, the Steins hope to open their doors before Christmas and to serve lunch and dinner six days a week, with Monday closed.