Pistol Whip opens in Denver’s Santa Fe Arts District

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

(Provided by Panzano)

Chef Logan Stephenson is the new head chef of Panzano at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Denver.

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