A 7-month-old restaurant closed last week after losing its opening chef, hiring a new kitchen team, and nearly hitting its menu stride in the Lower Highlands. Bremen’s Wine & Tap opened last June at 2005 West 33rd Avenue under the direction of chef Matt Selby. When he left in August, Isabel Ranney Linam took over for him, eventually hiring her husband Jason Linam as second in command in the kitchen.
The Linams worked over the fall to revamp Bremen’s menu and make it their own, introducing elements of her herbalism training and his pasta and bread-making background from kitchens such as Frasca’s. And although the results were exciting (see Eater’s best new brunches and weekend recommendations), they couldn’t save the ship from sinking.
“I think a lot of costly mistakes got made in the beginning,” Ranney Linam said. “We had our best week (when) we closed. It was very heartbreaking.”
The Linams are looking for their next positions, and Denver diners could see Isabel sooner than later inside a Park Hill restaurant. Bremen’s was the last in a string of January closures that included The Broker, Chowder Room, Charcoal, and Wazee Supper Club. No word yet on the next moves for the space, but one business partner told The Denver Post that the owners would be “re-concepting.”