Attimo, the Snooze owner’s new winery, will open in the fall in Denver

Before his restaurant Snooze became synonymous with brunch in Denver, Jon Schlegel was a sommelier and wine buyer with plans to move to Italy.

Thirteen years and 37 Snooze locations later, Schlegel has stepped back from the breakfast business and purchased a vineyard in Piedmont’s Barolo wine region. He’s also building a winery and tasting room back in Denver’s Ballpark neighborhood.

By fall, Attimo (Italian for “moment”) will start pouring Italian wines and serving gourmet bar snacks in the renovated space formerly occupied by EZ Pawn, at Larimer Street and Park Avenue West. It’s located next to the original Snooze eatery, which opened in 2006.

This new development will add an Italian-style piazza and family play area between Snooze and Attimo, on a transitioning stretch of Larimer.

“This whole block is going to be completely different in a year,” Schlegel said of the half-block he now owns, along with the rest of the neighborhood. “I cannot believe I am coming back. This corner changed my life,” he added.