After less than a year in business, Element Kitchen & Cocktail closed in Denver over the weekend. The “farm-to-table sports bar” with a food menu created by celebrity chef John Tesar lasted for seven months at 1134 Broadway.
Its owners, Element Hospitality, most recently opened a high-end sneaker shop and speakeasy above the bar. By Monday morning, Element was listed as “permanently closed” on Google Maps, while Sneekeazy was still showing normal business hours. Element co-owner Jon Spadafora on Tuesday said that Sneekeazy would remain open for business while the downstairs bar and restaurant would be re-concepted.
Element Kitchen & Cocktail opened in late July, serving a menu by the former Top Chef contestant and James Beard-nominated chef Tesar. The sprawling space took up two floors and a rooftop patio and was outfitted in wood, brick, and steel with televisions surrounding the bar and dining areas. Food offerings included upscale takes on bar dishes — Vietnamese-style wings, avocado fries, charcuterie boards, and a pimento cheeseburger. The goal was to combine a farm-to-table focus with a modern sports bar, and initial reviews were positive.