The fifth time could be a charm for the 9th Door, an offshoot of the LoDo tapas spot that just opened in a transformed space in the Beauvallon that's already been home to four other restaurants.
Owner Bill Kennedy and partners Dan Woodward and John Wang took note of that history when they took on the space; Kennedy even used a sage stick to smudge out the evil spirits of predecessors Se7en, Mr. Coco's Bar * Grill, Marni's Steakhouse and Moe's Southwest Grill.
Even more important than the sage ceremony, though, is the interior transformation: The space is cozy, swank and dark, with a great bar area; it's smaller than the 9th Door that opened eight years ago on Blake Street, and much more intimate -- even though it lacks the bed in the lounge of the original. Otherwise, though, the drinks and menu are the same -- except that there will be no paella nights at this spot.
Keep reading for a look at the new 9th Door.