Robert Thompson is headed back to Denver

Robert Thompson is headed back to Denver

When last we saw Robert Thompson, he'd closed Brasserie Rouge, was out of Atomic Cowboy, and was selling B-52 Billiards (which would become the Real World: Denver House, then Theorie). He moved on to Chicago, where he's now co-owner of Seasoned Development -- a restaurant company that just leased 5,500 space at 1433 17th Street in Denver, where the company plans to open its first Noca Kitchen.

"Noca Kitchen is going to be a substantial growth vehicle for us in Denver," Thompson announced yesterday, "as well as the rest of the country."

But not in Phoenix, we're assuming, since that city already has a highly rated restaurant named Noca -- which is not connected to Seasoned Development, even if both concepts emphasize food influenced by Northern California. But unlike Noca Kitchen, which is a fast-casual chain idea, Phoenix's Noca is all about leisurely dining.

Look for Noca Kitchen to open in Denver in spring 2009.

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