What’s in a (restaurant’s) name?
Pistol Whip has started serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch in the Santa Fe Arts District.
The New American bistro opened last week at the corner of Santa Fe Drive and 7th Avenue, next door to its owner John Slaughter’s Tribe Tattoo shop. The restaurant has a 160-seat dining room, outdoor patio, and upscale bar serving wines on tap and build-your-own martinis.
Its food menu, created by former Panzano chef Nic Lebas, serves a mix of plates from across Europe and the U.S., with items from Caesar salad croquettes to Piedmontese agnolotti and dry-aged beef ribeye tomahawks.
About the name: Slaughter and his wife came up with it around a decade ago when they started talking about opening a restaurant. They don’t want it to conjure anything about guns or violence, they said, but they do hope it will leave diners with an image of their new restaurant as artistic, cutting edge and dramatic.
698 Santa Fe Drive, 303-963-5346; pistolwhipdenver.com; 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
In with the new
With chef Nic Lebas gone to start Pistol Whip, chef Logan Stephenson has taken over the kitchen at Panzano downtown.
The Italian restaurant at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco previously launched the careers of Denver chefs such as Jennifer Jasinski (Rioja, Ultriea and more) and Elise Wiggins (Cattivella).
Now Stephenson is planning whole-animal roasts and cooking classes for his new Denver audience. The chef is originally from Louisiana but has cooked for Delfina restaurants in San Francisco and around Arizona with Kimpton.
909 17th St., 303-296-3525; panzano-denver.com; 6:30-10 a.m. and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
Fans of the LoHi “Coastal Mexican” restaurant Lola will have to wait a week in between taco and margarita trips when the restaurant closes on May 13 for renovations.
After 13 years on Boulder Street in Denver, one of the Big Red F restaurant group’s flagship spots is getting a remodel.
Owner Dave Query (also of Jax Fish House and The Post Brewing, among others) has enlisted a Hollywood designer, Kari Whitman, to update the space.
Query wants it to resemble the Baja Peninsula. Whitman has designed interiors for President Obama and Jessica Alba.
“More and more, coming back to Lola, it seemed she had lost a few of her dance moves,” Query said in a release. “So, I called up Kari to see about giving Lola a new do — something sassy and fresh, but not dumbly over-designed and wrought with predictable design elements.”
Check in with the restaurant after May 21 to see if they’ve achieved it.
1575 Boulder St., 720-570-8686; loladenver.com; 4-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until 11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and until 9 p.m. Sunday
A festival with a cause
Tickets are on sale for the 2019 Slow Food Nations festival, which will take over Larimer Square and area restaurants for its third year in Denver, July 19-21.
The festival brings tastings, talks, demos and dinners to town to promote Slow Food, a movement and a nonprofit “working to ensure everyone has access to good, clean and fair food,” according to organizers.
Interested attendees can find information online about events like an African-American foodways talk ($50), a fermenting workshop ($60) and a “waste” dinner (made entirely from food scraps for $65).
For $20 per session, you can also meet makers of honey, chocolate and more, see their process and taste their products. And there are free events, like “Food on the 2020 Ballot,” “Slow Bees,” and “Immigration for Farm’s Sake.”
Check out what’s available at slowfoodnations.org.