There, a new bar and eatery, opened its doors at 3254 Navajo Street. An off-shoot of the five year old original in Telluride, the new spot is a playful labor of love created by partners Andrew Tyler, Oren Cohen, and Enrique Margulis.
Inside the 2,300 square foot space where wood, stone, steel, and fabric blend together seamlessly, there is a world physically built out by its owners to fascinate and invite lingering. The stage-like bar, a mock-up of the Telluride Opera House, is the focal point of an open room that naturally breaks into small welcoming areas for groups of various sizes. Among them, there's a community table anchored by aspen trunks, a chess table for your next Tinder date, and a chef's counter for those eager to watch the kitchen show led by chef Ben Knauss. Every detail in the room has meaning or a story. Just ask.
Menus come in an eclectic combination of styles: A comic-like laminate for the food, a frilly ivory paper bound with ribbon for the beer, cocktails, and wine, and an extra special sheet placed in the back of a book for the "black list" cocktails. At the back of the same book, guests will find wines by the bottle at prices that will surprise pleasantly.
The Izakaya-style food is divided on the menu into tostadas, steamed buns, lettuce wraps. These are vehicles for the proteins that come inside them, which range from elk to chicken or fish. Skewers (kushiyaki) and grain bowls labeled "Bowling," are also among the options and so are a variety of other small bites from patatas bravas to an Asian-inspired butter lettuce salad. A ever-changing list of "sharables" offers more choices for larger groups.
The new LoHi spot is open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. seven days a week. Soon, a pantry-style shop complement to There will open next door. Details to come.