Last week, Rioja reopened its doors after a month of extensive renovation. The ten year old spot in Larimer Square is the flagship restaurant of James Beard award-winning chef Jennifer Jasinski and business partner Beth Gruitch. "Our food, service and wine program have never been better," said chef Jasinski. "Now, we've got a sexy new design to show off our skills. I can't wait for everyone to see it."
Gone is the dark brown-centric interior and so are the glass art pieces, and reddish-wood accents. The large dining room was stripped down to raw brick. Warm woods, gold and brass accents including a gold leaf style wall covering, and deep rich accent colors were added to the space. Saarinen-esque chairs and booths covered in a luxe crushed velvet, multiple booth and banquette seating options, and a more intimate, residential feeling lounge area are all part of the new look. The restaurant's wine display is a centerpiece of the new design.
Denver-based Boss Architecture was commissioned for this extreme makeover. The goal was to retain the chef-centric user experience and embrace the current functionality. "Boss designed our newest restaurant, Stoic & Genuine at Union Station, and we love what the team did with that space" said co-owner Beth Gruitch. "It was an easy decision to use the Boss and Jordy Construction combo for the Rioja remodel and they did not disappoint."
With new menu items and a larger wine list, Rioja is open for dinner daily, for lunch Wednesday through Friday, and for brunch on weekends.