The team behind Frasca Food and Wine will open a restaurant in Denver by the end of 2016. Master sommelier Bobby Stuckey and chef Lachlan Mackinnon Patterson are partnering with the Continuum subsidiary to bring a yet-unnamed restaurant to the A Block at Union Station development.
Continuum owns the forthcoming adjacent 200 room hotel managed by the Kimpton Group. The development, located on 16th Street between Wewatta and Wynkoop, will also include an office building with retail and restaurants and a subterranean parking garage, all of which are currently under construction — just look for the large red cranes cranking away there every day.
"We are thrilled to be part of such a dynamic and vibrant hospitality and real estate project in the heart of downtown Denver," says Stuckey, who has previously attempted to bring his team to Denver, as part of the original Union Station redevelopment project. The bid to redevelop the train station, which was rejected in 2011, had Stuckey and Patterson operating a conglomerate of retail establishments that could have included a coffee shop, a pizza restaurant, a bakery, a wine and cheese shop, a bakery, and a gelato shop, among others.
This time around, the duo who also owns Pizzeria Locale in Boulder and its more casual offshoots (a partnership with Chipotle) in Denver and Kansas City, is just focusing on one restaurant. A new stand-alone 125-seat space will anchor the ground-level storefront on the 16th Street Mall pedestrian mall adjacent to the Wynkoop Street Plaza and train platform. Stuckey and Patterson are planning to be open for lunch and dinner but will not provide food and beverage service to the hotel.
Local architecture firm Semple Brown, with whom the Frasca team has previously collaborated on multiple projects, is designing the new restaurant. Highlights include an open kitchen, seasonal outdoor patio, and full bar.
"This new restaurant will offer accessible dining for both neighbors and visitors alike, offering an experience between our sister restaurants Frasca Food and Wine and Pizzeria Locale Boulder," says Patterson in a press release. While the team would not reveal more, all signs point to a large format Italian taverna where pizza and pasta will reign along with a strong wine program.