Rod Wagner

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    LoHi SteakBar Closed Until Friday as New Owners Update Menu, Interior

    Fans of LoHi SteakBar will need to find an alternative this week; the restaurant is closed until Friday because of an ownership change. Veteran chef and restaurateur Sean Kelly has left the steakhouse and bar; Joe Pettenger and Taylor Drew, no rookies themselves, are taking over in partnership with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Photos and an update: Lowry Beer Garden tapped to open the third week of May

    By this time next month, the Lowry Beer Garden -- the first bona fide beer garden in Denver -- will be pouring suds, most of them local, from the confines of a new kitchen and bar that's part of a larger 8,000 square-foot project in the new Hangar 2 project in Lowry.

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Teller's Taproom & Kitchen opens in the culinary wasteland that's Lakewood

    After spending the weekend scrounging for food in Lakewood -- more accurately, Applewood -- I was ready to give up. I'd pushed away an inedible pizza, spit out sushi, sobbed over the limp and cold fries at Smashburger and even the frozen yogurt I got to console me, sucked. The best food I had was at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Larimer Associates will open the Lowry Beer Garden in the new Hangar project

    Joe Vostrejs and his Larimer Associates partners traversed across the country to check out America's beer gardens before they came back to Denver to build their own -- and what they found, admits Vostrejs, was surprising.

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    Ernie's opens in northwest Denver, now it's on to Congress Park

    Lori Midson​Ernie's will open on schedule today, after a whirlwind renovation by Rod Wagner of the space that for years held 3 Sons, and for decades before that was home to Ernie's. But while the original Ernie's -- which opened in 1943 and whose sign has been reconstructed for the new Ernie's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2009

    Ernie's Bar and Pizza starts tossing pies on Wednesday

    Lori Midson​ "I finally gotta place in my neighborhood to come and get pizza now," says Rod Wagner, one of the partners involved with Ernie's Bar and Pizza, an East Coast pie palace from the owners of LoHi SteakBar (3200 Tejon Street) that opens Wednesday, December 2 in the former 3 Sons space at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    The Larimer Square guys and Sean Kelly get a pizza the action

    Lori MidsonThe future home a New York-style pizza joint from the Larimer Square gang and Sean Kelly​Sometime in December, Jeff Hermanson, Joe Vostrejs and Rod Wagner will add a new pizza bar to their portfolio of successful restaurants that already includes Billy's Inn, LoHi Steakbar and prett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    What's in a name? Steak and bar, but not steak hut

    Lori Midson Until yesterday, I hadn't spoken to Sean Kelly in a long time -- not since he shuttered Somethin' Else (now Fruition) in 2006. Not since he hooked up with the Little Pub Company, whose fourteen pubs, bars, taverns, saloons and (sort-of) restaurants are strewn all over the city. And not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    Back in business: Sean Kelly

    Rumors were rampant that the recently vacated North Star Brewery space at 3200 Tejon Street had already been snapped up by Joe Vostrejs, Jeff Hermanson and Rod Wagner -- the Larimer Square gang, in part, and the crew most recently behind the resurrection of Billy's Inn, at 4403 Lowell Boulevard. So ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 11, 2008
  • Blogs

    June 21, 2008

    Billy's Inn Is Coming Back!

    After 75 years of continuous operation, Billy's Inn closed early this year -- but now it's coming back! The building at 4403 Lowell Boulevard started life as a service station in the '20s, and then Billy and Judy Smith turned it into Billy's Inn in 1933. The kitchen closed in the early '60s, but J ... More >>

  • News

    July 29, 1999