For the last year, fans of the daytime cafe Call on Larimer Street have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of its next-door nighttime neighbor, an intimate chef’s dinner counter, Beckon. Now the wait is nearly over; Beckon will start accepting reservations on Monday, November 5 for dinners starting November 21.
With Call landing earlier this year on Bon Appétit’s 10 Best New Restaurants in America, Beckon, by the same team, is sure to be a local dining scene disruptor. The concept is also a first for Denver.
Here’s how it works: Inside the one-room bungalow is an open kitchen and a surrounding 17-seat chef’s counter. Dinner seatings will be available from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. All diners on a given evening will try that night’s eight-course tasting menu.
At Call, chef Duncan Holmes has become known for his soulful, Scandinavian-leaning smoked fish, seeded hearty breads, salads, terrines, and addictive little aebleskiver doughnuts. With Beckon, he’s combining those Northern European and West Coast American influences. The tasting menus will change nightly.
Here’s how it also works: Beckon is only offering its eight-course menu each night, so would-be diners should know they’ll be spending at least $95 a head for dinner, including non-alcoholic drinks, plus tea or coffee, excluding tax and gratuity. Wine, beer, and cider pairings are also available for an added $65.
It’s a model that has worked successfully, perhaps most famously at Nashville’s Catbird Seat, and the reasons are many — one-on-one conversations with the chefs, a one-time-only dinner experience, no rushing to turn over tables, and the feeling of being at a friend’s intimate dinner gathering. So, ready for it, Denver?
Here’s the link for reservations.
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