Denver’s Most Important Restaurant Openings of 2017

“The opening of ChoLon in 2010 arguably marked a watershed for the Denver dining scene as we know it today: As a New York transplant, chef-owner Lon Symensma was among the first already-established outsiders to go all in on what pioneers like Jennifer Jasinski, Frank Bonanno and Alex Seidel were building here, upping the ante with his contemporary Asian flagship. Now he, too, is a pillar of the local community, and he’s raising the stakes all over again by bringing neo–Haute Cuisine and big-city glam to what seemed a few short months ago like the hinterlands, aka Stapleton — with the help of another pedigreed New Yorker, Luke Bergman, as his exec chef–partner. Bergman, for his part, is proving that combinations like Wagyu tataki with smoked-egg mayo, bison Bolognese with dark chocolate, and affogato with stracciatella gelato can play in Peoria (or the local equivalent thereof). Here’s to recognizing that Denver’s more than an overgrown Downtown.”

Denver’s Most Important Restaurant Openings of 2017