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First Look: Telegraph Opens Its Doors in Wash Park

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The new spot from the team behind Brazen will be officially serving on Thursday

With all the warmth and comfort of a friendly neighbor, Telegraph, Wash Park's newest corner bar/bistro, will begin serving tomorrow. Originally, the cozy restaurant was set to make its debut in July, however, city permitting and inspection hiccups took 14 weeks longer than anticipated. Nevertheless, the second edition from the popular Brazen team brings its wisdom and customer-centric mantra to a "underserved part of Denver," says Owner Chris Sargent.

Interested in the Wash Park neighborhood for their second shot at opening a restaurant, Sargent and his wife Carissa took their ideas and investors to the former Grey Cactus and Cafe Bar location, at 295 S. Pennsylvania St. The space has evolved from its last iteration, with moody hues and a subtle simplicity. A semi-circular wraparound wood bar greets guests upon arrival. A muddled black and white landscape hangs behind the bar, part of the overarching Brooklyn-chic motif, without the pretentiousness.

Serving weekend brunch, and daily lunch and dinner, the food is reminiscent of the year-old Brazen. Plates are hearty and presented artfully. Says Chef Brian Wilson: "I'm all about that fat content!" The menu – which will rotate regularly – is intended to be approachable, with highlights like the beef carpaccio, served slightly seared with a lemony egg yoke puree, a citrus and cilantro "green crack sauce," and topped with house pickles and fennel blossoms. Sargent says he's most excited for the shell fish stack.

The beverage program features beer, wine, several Telegraph-specific cocktails – such as the Cracked Rear Vieux, an old-fashioned meets vieux carre – and festive punch bowls. Telegraph's atmosphere is comparable to Sargent's first go-round with Brazen, and will follow with soon-to-come Kindred, an American craft kitchen with wood-fired cookery, set to come to Sunnyside in March 2016.

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