Less than two years after opening in Lower Highlands, Southern comfort food restaurant Low Country Kitchen is packing up its Denver shop. The Steamboat-based business closed at 1575 Boulder Street following Sunday’s service. But Low Country will continue to operate in the mountain town, where it just moved into a new location, formerly home to Cloverdale Restaurant.
“While we’ve had a great two years in Denver, the weekly commute to and from Steamboat was proving to be too taxing on our family,” owner Brian Vaughn said in a statement. “Managing [Low in Steamboat], as well as a second restaurant several hours away, was not providing much of a work/life balance; moving forward, we want to ensure we have more time with our daughter, Neilly, which is what is most important to us.”
The 5-year-old Low Country Kitchen Steamboat location recently took over Cloverdale’s former restaurant space at 207 9th Street, and Vaughn and his wife and business partner Katy said business there has been busy. Back in Denver, the couple’s restaurant had landed on Eater’s essential brunches for the “bucket-on-bucket” fried chicken and cava special. That fried chicken was one of the city’s best iterations, prepared to a crisp over 48 hours. And the restaurant’s rooftop patio, with a bar and daytime live music, while it lasted was a LoHi neighborhood favorite.