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WHEN DINING WITH KIDS Denver 2006 - Coral Room

Coral Room

Coral Room

3489 W. 32nd Ave.

Denver, CO 80211


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The biggest difference between the original Coral Room in the Highland neighborhood and this new, improved model at Stapleton is how it accommodates that one indispensable accessory of the 21st-century nuclear unit: children. Kids can be the fine-dining kiss of death, so it makes sense that a restaurant designed expressly for upwardly mobile thirty-something families would include space for pint-sized patrons. At the Coral Room, it's an entire room -- almost a third of the total real estate -- separated from the main dining floor and bar by a sliding Japanese-style screen and set with grownup tables all facing a padded, carpeted, vaguely piscine-themed play area called (annoyingly) "The Little Reef," filled with savaged books, broken toys, smudgy kid-sized furnishings and, most important, a TV. Everything about the place -- from the kids' room to the movie nights, the Asian-influenced, nouvelle-inspired cuisine to the everything-by-the-glass wine list, fashionable cocktails and Metropolitan Home decor -- guarantees that both junior and the folks will have a good time without driving the restaurant's other, childless patrons out into the night.
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Charles Dumont
Charles Dumont

Yes. Let's make sure that we put our kids out of sight and hearing range. Let's make sure they are plugged into a TV. How about suggesting a place that is inclusive of the kids? Not everybody has horrible little spoiled brats that need to be tuned out.