Chef Kyle Foster of Rebel and Colt & Gray along with partner and wife Katy Foster of Stir Cooking School will open Julep early in 2017. Set at 3254 Larimer Street, the new restaurant will bring to RiNo a Southern sophisticated concept that is "a return to the roots of food." The Fosters are deeply committed to the history and traditions of Southern hospitality and to sourcing local foods and produce, particularly vegetables.
Julep will occupy 2,750 square feet plus a patio and mezzanine in a new building being developed by Westbrook Development Partners called Larimer Row.
A Florida native, Kyle Foster has been in Denver for six years and currently serves as butcher at Colt & Gray as well as at RiNo's popular spot Rebel. "My great grandfather was a preacher in Kentucky and would have gatherings at his house every Sunday where the focus was on food that you grew, from the garden and his own chickens, to the cow farm down the street," the chef shared. "Julep will be a return to my own roots as well as the roots of food - preparing simple, good food and respecting the tradition of knowing where it comes from."
For her part Katy Foster (Hume), who was born in Denver but spent most of her life in Texas, is the force behind LoHi's Stir Cooking School. A Culinary Institute of America graduate who ran the culinary program at Sur La Table in Dallas for over three years, Katy launched her own business in Denver in 2010. When brainstorming about restaurant names with a group of girlfriends, she fell for the name Julep because "it implies an air of sophistication while still being approachable and screaming southern."
Julep will serve lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday as well as brunch on the weekends. A full bar and lounge with a focus on American whiskey, as well as classic southern cocktails will complement chef Foster's cooking.