Out with the old, in with the new when it comes to steakhouses in Downtown Denver. Meat and seafood spot McCormick & Schmick's shuttered its doors at the corner of 17th and Wazee to make room for Sage Restaurant Group concept Urban Farmer Steakhouse. We previously announced that the eight year old Portland-born concept with three existing locations was joining the LoDo dining scene and assumed that the exact location was inside The Maven, a Sage Hospitality Hotel. It turns out it is a couple of blocks away adjacent to the classic Oxford Hotel.
"Each time we open an Urban Farmer Steakhouse is like opening a brand new restaurant, and we're thrilled to bring this concept to our hometown of Denver," says Peter Karpinski, Co-Founder of SRG. "Though steakhouses are certainly not unfamiliar to diners here in Denver, we hope that Urban Farmer's emphasis on local Colorado sourcing and simple presentations redefines the traditional steakhouse dining experience for our guests."
Executive chef Chris Starkus, previously chef de cuisine of Urban Farmer Portland, along with culinary director of the Urban Farmer brand, Matt Christianson will curate a seasonally-inspired menu that focuses on in-house whole animal butchering and ways to use the entire animal throughout the menu. A communal charcuterie station offers guests an interactive and engaging space in which to ‘meet their meat.' There will be much more than just meat on the menu, including sides, soups, and salads, plus a roaming cheese cart displaying a variety of high-pedigree local cheeses.
The space has been reimagined by Xan Creative, a Denver-based interior design and environmental branding firm founded by Melissa Friday whose unique touch can be experienced at places like D Bar, Atomic Cowboy, Los Chingones, Racca's Pizzeria Neapolitana, and Snooze restaurants.
When it launches in June, Urban Farmer Denver will be open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as weekend brunch.