Second Home Kitchen + Bar closed Monday after nine years in Cherry Creek’s JW Marriott hotel, making way for Social Fare Denver Dining and Drinks. The former establishment was part of Sage Restaurant Group, while the latter is operated by Marriott.
Sage did not renew its lease for Second Home on Clayton Lane inside the JW Marriott, citing a focus on newer projects: “Although an end of an era, it is also the beginning of a new one for Sage Restaurant Group (SRG),” co-founder Peter Karpinski said in an email. Second Home was one of his restaurant group’s earlier Denver endeavors, along with spots such as the 10-year-old (recently remodeled) Corner Office located at The Curtis.
Since opening Second Home, Denver-based Sage has started 11 new restaurants and three bars in Colorado. Its national restaurants include four Urban Farmer locations and two Departure lounges. The Emporium Kitchen and Wine Market is Sage’s newest concept, located in Fort Collins with another on the way in Savannah, Georgia. Even the category of hotel restaurant has changed in recent years, with new additions able to stand on their own as food and drink destinations.
JW Marriott Denver General Manager Bob Megazzini had this to say about the Cherry Creek hotel moving forward: “The Cherry Creek North restaurant scene is evolving and we are excited to be able to share the new Social Fare concept with our hotel guests, neighbors and all Denver foodies.”
Social Fare is helmed by JW Marriott Denver’s executive chef Randall Baldwin. The food points toward new American, with a wagyu burger, buttermilk fried chicken, Berkshire pork tenderloin, and wild mushroom risotto on the menu. Various “social hour” weekday specials are offered as well as a make-your-own brunch cocktail bar on weekends.