We now know what’s coming to the Halcyon Hotel’s vacant restaurant space in Cherry Creek North.
Nearly a year after the closure of Departure Denver — “Top Chef” finalist Gregory Gourdet’s Colorado restaurant — Local Jones will move in. The Denver Business Journal first reported the news.
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Starting sometime in the spring, Local Jones will offer what seems to be a less sexy nighttime destination (which Departure turned out to be) but more “approachable” and egalitarian, according to the Business Journal.
You know, the kind of place where you can walk in dressed in activewear or a suit. And unlike Departure’s Pan-Asian food menu, the plates will fall into that vast New American category — seasonal, healthful and locally sourced.
Departure was owned by Sage Restaurant Concepts, whose parent company Sage Hospitality sold the Halcyon Hotel to Rockbridge Capital last year. Now, Dallas-based Makeready manages the hotel, as well as the restaurant space and an underground bar, B&GC.
Sage is “still actively scouting for space in Denver” for Departure to reopen, according to Heather Dratler, Sage Restaurant Concepts’ vice president of marketing.
Quality Italian, a New York-based restaurant, also continues to operate off the Halcyon Hotel’s Columbine Street lobby.
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