The Bite

The reign of Spain: Kevin Taylor isn't the only restaurateur who's cooking with a Spanish accent. In what could be the fastest turnaround since, well, since Taylor turned Zenith into Nicois (see review above), Sevilla closed its doors at the Icehouse (1801 Wynkoop Street) just last Friday and will reopen for Valentine's Day in a new home at the Denver Pavilions (500 16th Street). Sevilla has taken over the top-floor spot abandoned by Cafe Odyssey at the end of December -- but some remnants of that doomed eatertainment venture will stay. Many of its employees, for example: Sevilla gave the laid-off workers a belated Christmas present by hiring them to work in the expanded club/restaurant.

Although Sevilla has added several thousand square feet as well as the words "A Spanish Steakhouse and Nightclub" to its name, many of the things that made the original Sevilla so popular remain unchanged. Yes, the restaurant will be serving steaks, but tapas and paella are still an important part of chef Christophe Bonnegrace's menu, and the decor will maintain that Flintstones-meets-Euro-party feel. "The caves, stalactites and art will all be the same," says Sevilla PR gal Lauri Harrison. Rather than salvage any of Cafe Odyssey's trappings -- which allowed diners to eat in such culinary landmarks as the Serengeti, Atlantis or Machu Picchu -- owners will change the space to look more like Sevilla's Icehouse locale. "Lots of state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment is being installed to showcase 'a day in the life' in Spain," Harrison adds.

Or, more accurately, a day in the nightlife, since the new Sevilla promises to be the town's hottest Latin club.

Pulling up steaks: If you're hankering for a steak with a Wyoming accent, say howdy to the Blue Sky Grill, a new venture by Stan Kroenke and Kroenke Sports, which opens next week at 1000 Chopper Circle. That's inside the Pepsi Center, so you can grab some big meat before the big game. (Ultimately, the plan is for Blue Sky to serve lunch and dinner every day -- not just when there's an event at the Pepsi Center.) Also coming very, very soon: the long-rumored Red Room, John Hickenlooper's latest venture (not counting his recent nuptials), a "spicy urban lounge meets artful pub" at 320 East Colfax Avenue.