If you want to figure out how to open a restaurant in six weeks, talk to the District's co-owner Kerry Condon. The Uptown resident lives around the corner from the new eatery and was regularly walking by the vacant space located at 1320 E 17th Avenue. When he realized only weeks ago that there was a chance to buy the business, which was intended to be a Vietnamese restaurant, he sprung into action and the District was born.
The interior was somewhat reformatted to fit the "American vintage" look that Condon was going for. The brick-walled bar and dining room lined with dark wood tables and soft orange chairs can seat approximately 100 guests, with an additional 40 seats available on the patio.
The menu is ambitious for the amount of time spent on it, but chef Tim Kozak, recently moved to the Mile High City from Philadelphia is ready to rock and roll and committed to making nearly everything in house. There is an "Anytime" menu, a lunch menu, a dinner menu, and a brunch menu and highlights include the Pork Riblets (beer-braised and deep fried country style pork ribs, tossed in your choice of smoked pepper barbecue or ancho buffalo, served with blue cheese), the bacon blue fries (twice cooked fries topped with bacon, Moody blue, barbecue, and scallions), and the grilled ratatouille (grilled vegetables with a tomato-herb sauce over housemade pappardelle).
The bar features 29 tap handles that are heavily made in Colorado from brewers like Ska, Oskar Blues, and New Belgium. A large selection of cocktails and wine is also available.
The name of the restaurant is a reference to the Uptown location. "I grew up in Denver and there is great history around here. This building is over a hundred years old and this is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Denver," explains Condon. "It just seemed like the right fit to call it the District," he adds.
One thing you should remember when the late night hunger strikes: The District is open daily until 2 a.m.