Last year, Concept Restaurants took on the challenge of transforming the former home of Strings. "This was a legendary space that had a legendary restaurant," says Sean Huggard, operations director for Concept. "We did need to put effort into it to do right by this restaurant." The result was Humbol ... More >>
Concept Restaurants took on an iconic space when it transformed the former home of Strings -- the iconic restaurant founded by the late Noel Cunningham almost three decades ago -- into Humboldt, which I review this week. "This was a legendary space that had a legendary restaurant," explains Sean Hug ... More >>
As the folks behind the now-defunct Ondo's and Café Berlin learned the hard way, there are hazards to real estate. Basement and second-floor locations pose obvious challenges for restaurateurs, but even ground-floor spaces in high-traffic areas aren't risk-free. "We knew people might be upset with ... More >>
Earlier this year, in late April, Strings, the Uptown restaurant that the late Noel Cunningham opened 27 years ago, closed after Cunningham's widow, Tammy, who had been running the restaurant since Cunningham's untimely death in 2011, made the decision to sell the beloved restaurant to Frank Day, fo ... More >>
Lori MidsonEncore executive chef Paul Reilly "Ever since I saw Grover waiting tables on Sesame Street, I knew I wanted to work in restaurants," says Paul Reilly. And he didn't waste much time following in Grover's footsteps, considering that he got his first taste of restaurant life while was ... More >>
That's what a real restaurant crew looks like. Suck it, Bobby Flay. Yesterday, I posted a picture of the alien head that had maintained a position of honor on top of my monitor for a couple of years before our office remodel relegated him to a cardboard box. In that picture, said alien he ... More >>
Just got word that H-Burger Lounge is planning to open in the SugarCube Building, at 16th and Blake streets, in early 2010. The restaurant, a local concept from Peter Pflum, the former operations manager for Dave Query's Big Red F Restaurant Group and most recently the VP of operations for Quizno ... More >>
Sean Huggard"I'm sitting in front of my computer trying to put together a business and marketing plan," says Sean Huggard, the former executive chef at Black Pearl and Encore. The business plan is for a new restaurant, but it won't be for Newport's, which was the LoDo restaurant Huggard had hoped ... More >>
Former Black Pearl and Encore exec chef Sean HuggardSean Huggard, the former executive chef at Black Pearl (1529 South Pearl Street) and Encore (2550 East Colfax Avenue), hung up his whites on July 9, got hitched and is currently on his honeymoon. But he'll return in plenty of time to o ... More >>
Photo by Lori MidsonSean Yontz and Matt Selby One of Denver's best annual culinary celebrations comes down on Sunday, July 19, at Mile High Station (2027 West Lower Colfax Avenue), this site of this year's Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation, a fantastic food-centric event that raises funds to ... More >>
Tonight, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Black Pearl, 1529 South Pearl Street, the restaurant owned by Sean Huggard and Steve Whited, who also run Encore at 2550 East Colfax, celebrates four years of survival in the restaurant-soaked Platt Park 'hood with a big time party featuring complimentary passed appet ... More >>
Chefs Up Front, a benefit for Share Our Strength's Operation Frontline, brings twenty top chefs to the Colorado Convention Center at 5:30 p.m. today, March 15. The participating restaurant/chef combos include Andrew Lubatty of Avenue Grill, Pete List of Beatrice & Woodsley, Sean Huggard of Black Pea ... More >>
Is the critic cracked?
Recycling is good for the planet and it can taste good, too.
My friend and the waitress were still talking about recycling, about the re-use and re-application of found objects, cast-off materials. And though I was concentrating on the food, some of their conversation must’ve penetrated, because I found myself thinking about recycling, too. About the salvag ... More >>
The little things will get you every time.
A little competition never hurt anyone.
It takes time to make a Pearl.