The brand-spanking-new, four-story RH Denver, The Gallery at Cherry Creek will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Friday morning at 2900 East First Avenue, when it will open to the public. But tonight this upscale offshoot of Restoration Hardware will be celebrated at a major charity bash benefiting Children's Hospital Colorado and the Denver Art Museum, when the liquor will be flowing.
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And the rest of the time? RH Denver will be dry. Although initially Restoration Hardware planned to have a bar as part of the new building's amenities — think a variation on Nordstrom's Pub — and even had a liquor-license hearing scheduled with the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses, the company decided to skip alcohol at this location. Another RH Gallery opened in Chicago last week with a restaurant, but it only serves wine, in a deal with the neighbors. The Boston store has a pub. And when the largest RH Gallery so far opens — in Las Vegas next year — it will have wine bars and cafes.
Still, there's no shortage of places to drink in the evolving Cherry Creek Shopping Center. The Kona Grill and California Pizza Kitchen, which were both remodeled this summer, have reopened. They'll soon be joined by 801 Chophouse, a link in a Midwestern chain of steakhouses and seafood restaurants (whose website still says Denver is getting an 801 Fish instead), and Rise Pies Handcrafted Pizza, the only outpost of this fast-casual pizza concept in Colorado.