Earls Kitchen + Bar announced stage one of the reopening of its downtown Denver location at 1600 Glenarm Place on October 22nd, with a grand reopening event scheduled for November 20th as the upper floor opens. Opening in two stages allows the new lower dining room (152 seats) to be unveiled with a full menu in place, including some new fall dishes, while final touches are completed on the second floor.
Starting at the front door, a redesigned entry way welcomes you with a new patio, combining the previous small patios into one. Guests will walk into a more open dining room with new design elements and a much lighter color palate that includes white marble and stone and vintage cream tiles. The room is kept warm with light oak and accents that use walnut and brass. Industrial window treatments delineate space where it’s needed; adding some crispness, and underfoot refinished end grain block flooring keeps organic materials as the base elements in the room.
Art will play a major role both upstairs and downstairs, with pieces by local Denver artists Robin Ault, Ian McLaughlin and Jon Rietfors featured, as well as a copper, brass and steel installation called “Layers” by Vancouver, B.C.-based artist Ricky Alverez. Additionally, all Earls lighting is custom designed in house.
The spectacular 8,000-square-foot upper level (162 seats), opening on November 21st, will complete the extensive renovation. As with the restaurant’s main bar and lounge, the upper level of Earls has been opened up and partitions have been removed to showcase the shape of the room. Windows have been exposed and the color palate replaced with lighter, more natural materials. Two private rooms, one seating 10 and one seating 40 are also located on the upper floor, available for private parties.
Offering a full menu of Earls’ signature global fare, including great sharing plates, Certified Angus beef burgers and steaks, and breads baked daily, Executive Chef Jonathan Fraser, or “JJ” as he is known, is looking forward to getting back into his updated kitchen. Chef Fraser is currently firing up the stoves with a number of new fall dishes, adding additional new menu items for the opening on November 20th.
New dishes include a Tuna Sushi Cone with tempura crunch, Japanese mayonnaise, pickled ginger and tobiko; BBQ Pork Buns, steamed warm and served with hoisin hot sauce, cilantro and roasted peanuts; Sweet and Sour Glazed Crispy Thai Shrimp with Napa cabbage, Thai basil, and cilantro paint. New main plate salads include a Chicken Avocado Salad with baby iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, dry cured bacon, lemon grape seed vinaigrette, croutons and truffle aioli. Truffle Fries are a new addition to the steak and burger sides menu, and on the housemade dessert menu, the seasonal Pumpkin Pie is joined by a new Chocolate Hazelnut Bar (73% cacao) served with salted caramel and vanilla bean gelato. In early November, look for Vietnamese-style Spatchcock Chicken to be added to the menu alongside new salmon entrée dishes.
Earls commitment to quality also extends to the ample lounge and bar area. Only 100% fresh-squeezed juices and handmade syrups are used in Earls unique craft cocktails, with Portland, Oregon native Cameron Bogue, Earls beverage director, choosing a majority of Denver and Colorado beers to showcase on the taps. The bars have also undergone a renovation with a new barrel-fresh wine-on-tap program, full of interesting and value-packed wine selections.
Earls Downtown is located at 1600 Glenarm Place.