Twelve years is a long time in the restaurant industry, which is the lifespan so far of Coral Room on Highlands Square at West 32nd Avenue and Lowell Boulevard. The past year has brought about quite a bit of change, most recently being renamed as Small Wonder Food and Wine.
Last year, original owner and chef John Nadasdy sold the restaurant to bar manager Grant Williams and his friend Raymond Childs, a longtime resident of the neighborhood. The two embarked on a renovation in October, which entailed upgrades to the interior and kitchen equipment, and at the time, Williams said the name could possibly change in the future.
Now that time has come, with a renewed focus on being a neighborhood spot that serves casual and simple food, using organic and local ingredients as much as possible. A revamped menu showcases purveyors such as Morning Fresh Dairy, Denver Bread Company, and Ollin Farms, with items ranging from duck pate to vegetable pot pie and braised pork cheeks.
The total rebranding process should be completed by the end of March, at the latest. The hours are staying the same: Monday through Friday the opening time is 11 a.m., 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with an open-ended closing time depending on the night and business; brunch is also still served on the weekends.
Currently, Small Wonder is participating in Denver Restaurant Week with a menu featuring some fan-favorite dishes of the past. A wine dinner is also planned for Tuesday, March 10 with Andrew Rich vineyards out of Oregon. The six-course meal with wines costs $80 per person.