After an unexpected stay in the hospital -- he fell and cracked his head the weekend that the first big press on his latest restaurant, El Diablo, came out in the Denver Post four weeks ago -- Jesse Morreale is back on the phone. And on the job.
And when I talked with Morreale today, he said he's still looking to get his new restaurant, which occupies the stunning, Broadway-side space of the First Avenue Hotel project, open before the end of July.
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"I don't want to push it," Morreale says, pointing out that he's never opened any of his many ventures -- La Rumba, the original Mezcal, Tambien, Sketch -- before they were ready. "But so far, we're on track for occupying the space and opening before the end of July."
While Morreale was at Denver Health, chef/partner Sean Yontz kept all the inspection appointments, and also worked on the menu they plan to serve at El Diablo, perhaps the most appropriately named restaurant ever.