Reader: Simple Gastropub Would Be Better Fit for Amass Space
Amass occupies the former home of Corner House.
Jefferson Park is an up-and-coming part of Denver -- but has it arrived as a dining destination? Gretchen Kurtz just reviewed Amass, a new French bistro that moved into the spot Corner House vacated after eighteen months. And right now, she says, the kitchen lacks the critical mass needed to make Amass a hit.
As much as I would like to see them succeed, and I wish them the very best, I'm afraid this place will follow the steps of the defunct Corner House that once occupied that space. The neighborhood does not yet warrant a place of such attempted sophistication and price point. (Sarto's aside, as they are in a category much onto their own.)
The space would be a better fit for a simple gastropub with more flexibility in prices and cuisine. Perhaps Amass might consider such in the form of a 2.0 -- which Corner House also attempted, but failed. What's the famous saying? "Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it."
Have you been to Amass? What do you think of Jefferson Park as a dining destination? What kind of restaurants would work there?