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Brazen Neighborhood Eatery To Open in September

Brazen Neighborhood Eatery will open its doors in September at the borders of the West Highland and Berkeley neighborhoods. This new neighborhood restaurant and bar concept, brainchild of industry veteran Christopher Sargent, will occupy the space that formerly housed 10 Flavors Yogurt at 4500 West 38th Avenue.

"Brazen will fill a niche not currently offered in Berkeley or West Highlands," Sargent says. "We will offer a casual, but high-energy home for those looking for a seasonal, fresh meal or a craftily-made cocktail at a great price. We are excited to bring our bold, brazen ideas to the neighborhood."

For the kitchen, Brazen tapped Lucas Chandler, formerly of Il Posto with a brief stint at Cafe Bar, and Lance Barto who opened Central Bistro and Bar and spent some time more recently at Linger.

Chandler's dishes are centered on seasonality and surprise, through contrasting flavors and textures. "With my background and experience, I've had the freedom to create thousands of dishes," Chandler said. "I've developed a passion for seasonal and creative menu items that can also be approachable and sustainable. I'm excited about all the possibilities for Brazen." Barto brings his passion for seasonal produce and vegetarian cuisine. "Each opening is exciting and challenging, but this one is special," Barto said. "I'm excited to work along with Chris and Lucas in such an intimate space."

The seasonal menu at Brazen will change regularly and many dishes will be designed for sharing. Key menu items include oysters, handmade pastas, and the s'mores, which will be the establishment's signature dessert. A bar focused on cocktails and wine will complete the offerings.

Sargent and his restaurant team are currently gutting the 1,500 square foot space to create a rustic environment that is distinct and contemporary. Brazen will feature an open kitchen with chefs counter, bar, and a community table. The venue's patio will also be a neighborhood draw. Nestled against the Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre, the south-facing patio will feature a canopy of lights, a fire pit and planter boxes that will grow herbs for the restaurant.

Brazen marks the first solo project for Sargent. With more than 18 years of industry experience, Sargent has worked with Colorado's top chefs including Rioja's Jennifer Jasinski, Kelly Liken and currently with Steve Redzikowski of Acorn. He has consulted on numerous restaurant openings and concepts, including Fix and Stack in Las Vegas.

The restaurant will open at 4 p.m. daily and close at 2 a.m. and food will be served late. Brunch will be offered on weekends starting at 11 a.m.

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