Chef/restaurateur Kevin Taylor has been helping shape Denver's dining scene for decades, opening Zenith American Grill downtown in 1987 at the age of 25. He continued with a string of culinary hits, from the still-running Palettes in the Denver Art Museum and Kevin Taylor's at the Opera House to the fondly remembered Brasserie Z and Restaurant Kevin Taylor. His son, Ryan Taylor, inherited the chef gene, most recently serving as At the Opera House's executive chef. Together the two are launching a new venture, Hickory & Ash, which is scheduled to open in the spring of 2017 in the new Arista development alongside the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield.
The new 5,000-square-foot eatery will be centered on a hickory-wood-fired grill, with Ryan as executive chef overseeing a menu of shared plates, à la carte steaks and other dishes focused on local, sustainable meats and produce. "It will be incredibly approachable," explains Kevin, who adds that Hickory & Ash will move away from white tablecloths to a more rustic, casual setting in keeping with the lifestyle of neighborhood residents.
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Taylor says that working with his son has been amazing. "He's been developing his own style...and we're like two peas in a pod," he notes. "The working relationship couldn't be better."
The interior space, designed by Kevin and Riddick Semple, will seat 120, with an additional sixty-seat patio and two private dining rooms. Lunch, dinner and weekend brunch are part of the plan, along with craft cocktails, local beers and a deep wine cellar.
Taylor is also one of the owners and developers of the Stanley Marketplace, the 100,000-square-foot restaurant and retail space built in a former aviation manufacturing facility. He had planned to open a modern beer hall with a beer-centered food menu there, but has pulled out of that project, citing the lack of a kitchen planned in stage one of the buildout as a major barrier. Taylor is still active in the development of the overall marketplace, but he will not be running his own place.