It’s the year 2018, and Denver’s restaurant scene is filling with progressive concepts from Italian-Japanese omakases to modern Israeli cafes and locally sourced chicken shops. For anyone not super excited by those developments, there’s Mila.
The new Mediterranean restaurant has a loose coastal theme, and specialties that run the gamut from sausage pizza to burgers to seafood. Mila makes its own pasta as well.
Designed by its owner, Kevin Taylor, together with Riddick Semple, the sprawling Mila is covered in shades of blue, from sea-glass tiles to ocean-wave banquettes. Menu items include a pork belly porchetta with couscous and a roasted sea bass with farro.
A 10-year veteran of Kevin Taylor Restaurant Group, chef Austin Cueto is working with Taylor on this latest project of the bunch. Nearby from the group, there’s Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House, Limelight Supper Club and Lounge, and, in Broomfield, Hickory & Ash, at which Taylor’s son Ryan is the chef.
The elder Taylor had a run of successful Denver restaurant openings starting in 1987 with Zenith American Grill. He operated Brasserie Z, a favorite of local critics, and Palettes at the Denver Art Museum, which Food & Wine called one of the country’s best museum restaurants. Restaurant Kevin Taylor and Prima were longtime staples of the Hotel Teatro.
Eventually those restaurants closed, struggling to compete with shifting trends, or facing building demolition and modernization around them.
Status: Mila officially opens for dinner on Tuesday, September 4, and for weekday lunch on Monday, September 10. The restaurant will offer happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays and from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturdays, and it will close Sundays. It is located in the Denver Place building, 19th and Curtis streets.
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