Clayton, the Soho Home in Denver, opens in Cherry Creek – The Know

On the opening night, April 29, in Denver, people will dine at Of a Kind, the Clayton Members Club and the hotel’s new restaurant. While areas of the Clayton Members Club and the hotel are members only, the public can access most food and beverage areas or book a hotel room. (Michael Ciaglo, Denver Post special)

If you want to prove that cosmopolitan development is alive and well in Denver and emerging from the pandemic, you’ve come to the right place at the new Clayton Members Club and Hotel.

The sparkling boutique property with a restaurant and cafe on the ground floor has opened the doors to the shops in the lobby. 63 hotel rooms, a rooftop lounge and a speakeasy will follow shortly.

First and foremost: While “Members Club” is in the name, everyone can stop by his restaurant Of a Kind for dinner or drinks. the cafe, Oak Market; and Five Nines Speakeasy (opening June).

And honestly, if you’ve been cooped up at home for months and need an escape before embarking on a real journey, then you should do it.

A bartender is having a drink at Of a Kind, the Clayton Members Club and the hotel’s new restaurant in Denver on opening night, Thursday, April 29th. (Michael Ciaglo, Denver Post special)

Like other hotels and residences in Cherry Creek owned by local developer BMC Investments, Clayton appears to be on a mission to make the stuffy, cash-filled neighborhood in which it is located more relevant. This is quite a challenge, especially when the latest solution is a membership club with an annual price tag of $ 3,000. (BMC CEO Matt Joblon has had varying degrees of success in his endeavors. Halcyon and its restaurants are one example, while Le Bilboquet in the St. Paul Collection is another.)

But the Clayton wants to stand out from the crowd by focusing on hiring a diverse staff and attracting different paying members. When asked about membership diversity, a representative said the club does not publish membership-specific statistics. At the opening, however, Clayton’s membership selection committee consisted of almost 50% BIPOC representatives (black, indigenous, colored), while BIPOC artists, partners and collaborators or those with a reduced membership fee in exchange for shared talent with the Clayton community “Comprised 30% of the partners.

When you go

233 Clayton St., 303-551-1600; Of a Kind serves dinner Tuesday to Sunday from 5pm to 10pm, bar service until 11pm; The Oak Market serves coffee, pastries, and take-away items daily from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. Five Nines will open on June 10th. For more information about the restaurants, the hotel and the members’ club, visit Claytondenver.com.

For all of its members, Clayton offers an urban escape with plenty of good food, drink and activities – from the rooftop lounge to shared access to events and programs.

It’s not a new model either; see brotherhoods, country clubs, golf courses, etc. Soho House, which was founded in London in 1995 before expanding globally (including eight US locations), has created a similar hotel and club setup for its target audience, the affluent creative class.

For the rest of us who can’t afford $ 3,000 a year membership (plus a $ 500 joining fee), the public areas of the new Denver hotel are the next best option.

The tuna tartar with a small gemstone salad in Of a Kind, in the Clayton Members Club and in the hotel’s new restaurant on the opening evening, Thursday, April 29th. (Michael Ciaglo, Denver Post special)

No surprises here, but dinner is still tied to hotel or downtown rates, like $ 28 for a fried half chicken, $ 24 for a small plate of crab gnocchi, and $ 20 for a tuna tartare and salad wrap starter. (The tartare was delicious, with a lemon vinaigrette on top of the little gemstone salads and flavor pops of anchovy and mustard in each chilled bite of raw tuna.)

The club carefully enlisted former LA chef Brandon Duley, who worked for Gjelina and Ardor on the West Hollywood Edition, to create a menu that goes beyond hotel restaurant status.

And Duley’s bold flavors in dishes like a chicken doner kebab hummus with house flatbread ($ 15) and a berber-grated leg of lamb with farro and canned lemon yogurt ($ 42) could achieve iconic status.

If this still sounds too extravagant, I’ll hear you. But if you’re curious, opt for a bar seat with a cocktail or glass of wine and a snack to share. That, or have an affogato in the cafe, which is made with local Little Owl espresso and Smith + Canon ice cream, then just stroll around the pretty (if a bit club-like) rooms.

Five Nines Speakeasy at the Clayton Members Club and Hotel is the hotel’s last publicly accessible food and beverage offering. It will open on Thursday June 10th. (Michael Ciaglo, Denver Post special)

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