Central Bistro & Bar will start serving lunch tomorrow, eight months after Isiah Salazar opened his restaurant on the very edge of LoHi, almost three months after opening exec chef Lance Barto abruptly left the kitchen. That kitchen is now in the hands of Gerard Strong, who'd come from Z Cuisine to ... More >>
With new restaurants popping up left and right, Denver's food scene is as exciting as it's ever been. Over 200 restaurants opened in the metro area in 2012, featuring everything from globally inspired cuisine to American classics. In the Best of Denver 2013, we'll unveil our pick for the Best New Re ... More >>
Lance Barto left Central Bar and Bistro, the six-month-old restaurant he helped create, "on good terms," says Isiah Salazar, Central's owner, who decided to let Barto go on New Year's Eve -- right before Barto cooked for a full house. But even if Barto's departure was amicable, diners aren't feel ... More >>
New Year's Eve, says Lance Barto, the executive chef of Central Bistro & Bar, was a smash hit. "We had a maxed-out dining room that rocked out, everyone had fun, and we had a great service." Inexplicably, it would be the last service that Barto would spearhead at the Highland restaurant that he was ... More >>
Gretchen Kurtz reviewed Central Bistro & Bar this week, and although she loved many of chef Lance Barto's dishes, she didn't like the giant HOT sign that dominates the decor. Even though it comes with a tasty back story -- the six-foot-high letters used to be part of the sign on the defunct Regency ... More >>
Last June, Lance Barto was working as the exec chef at Strings, but he was ready to make a move, which led him to Craigslist, and while he was scouring restaurant-industry gigs, he came across one advert in particular that caught his eye.