Certainly one of Denver’s signature eating places is closing for good – however not due to COVID-19
A month and a half isn’t the longest lead time for a restaurant to announce it’s closing, but it should be enough for fans to get a seat for one last meal.
Such is the case with Beast + Bottle, a Denver restaurant that has served real farm-to-table fare in an intimate dining room along 17th Avenue for the past eight years.
Owners and siblings Paul and Aileen Reilly and JP Taylor Jr., Aileen’s husband, announced this week that they will be closing Beast + Bottle after service on Saturday June 5th.
“We knew that day was coming, but we weren’t sure when it might land, especially because COVID threw a strange wrench,” said Paul Reilly.
Reilly said his original Denver restaurant is closing because the building has been sold and is being demolished and redeveloped – along with an adjacent salon, the former Tony P’s and a building around the corner on Clarkson. But it has nothing to do with COVID-19, he says.
However, Beast + Bottle remained closed for much of the pandemic. The restaurant started at the end of November a “winter hibernation” that only ended in mid-April when the Reillys and Taylor secured and reopened a second round of PPP funding.
So they contacted all of their old employees and explained the circumstances – that the restaurant would only be open until the extended lease expired – and everyone agreed to get back to work, Reilly said.
“We see the next five weeks as a kind of celebration and not as a funeral for everything we have achieved here and for everyone who has accompanied us on this journey.”
In addition to preparing for the spring season, preparing Colorado lamb and pork from local farms, the restaurant team will continue to search for a new home for Beast + Bottle. But they are not convinced that they will find the right place.
“(Beast + Bottle) is very in its place. It’s intimate, it’s romantic, ”said Reilly. “In order for us to be able to continue the name, in our opinion it would have to go with it. But that doesn’t mean we won’t have another really farm-focused concept, it just might not be called Beast + Bottle. “
So customers can plan to dine by June 5th. You can also visit the Reillys’ other restaurant, Coperta, down the street. And maybe Beast + Bottle will come back, or maybe it will evolve.
“I think we opened at a very happy time,” said Reilly. “Denver was hungry for a concept like this when we opened, and we’re so grateful for how the last eight years have gone. It’s a shame that we have to close this chapter for now. But we hope it’s a ‘see you soon’ and not a ‘goodbye’. “
719 E. 17th Ave., 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (June 5), 303-623-3223, beastandbottle.com
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