The team behind There, a bar and eatery that planted its first Colorado roots in Telluride in 2011, is committed to building community. And that is exactly what the former Pagliacci site needs. Set in the brand new Lumina apartment complex, There stands on the corner of 33rd and Navajo where Pagliacci's, a classic red sauce restaurant, served the neighborhood for no less than 66 years.
Business partners Enrique Margulis, Andrew Tyler, and Oren Cohen are bringing their concept to Denver and they are excited to share their philosophy of service and love for local and high quality ingredients. Their service model is unique in Telluride and it will be the same in Denver. "We want everyone to be a bartender, not a server," Margulis says. "A bartender engages, creates an experience, and even if they come to your around the bar to take your order, they have a different approach than a server does."
In a 2,300 square foot space that is now in the process of being built-out, There will feature an open kitchen, an omakase table, and a fairly large bar. Next door, an adjacent 800 square foot space will be home to Server Market, a pantry-style shop that will complement the restaurant and bar. "We will offer our own housemade products — sauces, preserves, as well as cold pressed juices," Margulis shares. A curated selection of local foods — think milk and butter and eggs, but also other canned goods, pickles, and more- along with other kitchen-related retail items will be available for purchase. A simple grab-and-go lunch is being considered as an option, but the restaurant will first focus on dinner and brunch.
The design of the space, Marguiles explains, "will be authentic. We like to create an environment that represents us, that shows our passion for hospitality, for entertaining, in the same way the food we serve does." The vision behind this design combines elements of wood, steel, and fabric that will soften the harder edges to create different levels in the space and different areas.
Chef Ben Knaus is in charge of designing the menu of the new eatery where small plates and sharable entrees will rule. The diverse cuisine will range in its influences from classic French to Spanish and Japanese. Judging by the Telluride menu, we expect to see dishes like steamed buns with chicken tinga, lettuce wraps with jerk salmon, and pork short ribs with pumpkin puree, grilled aparagus and beef a jus.
There is set to open in July. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.