Cafe Society

Is Argyll space the new site for a French restaurant in Cherry Creek? Wagging tongues say oui.

While perusing the hospitality help-wanted adverts on -- a daily habit of mine -- I came across the above listing announcing that a new French restaurant is opening in Cherry Creek. And while the ad doesn't specify where that restaurant is planning to take up residence, wagging tongues who know about these things are insistent that the French food temple is taking over the former Argyll space at 2700 East Third Avenue, which closed on July 17.

Coincidentally, Robert Thompson, who closed Argyll (he's reopening it in the Baker District next year) is also gracing Denverites with a new French restaurant -- Le Grande Bistro & Oyster Bar -- which will open at the end of August in the former Baur's Ristorante space at 1512 Curtis Street. (In case you're wondering where Jimmy Lambatos, who owned Baur's, has stationed himself, he's now at Russo's Kitchen + Tavern.)

And there's another French-influenced restaurant on the horizon, too: Coohill's, which will throw open its doors in November at 1400 Wewatta, is the first Denver restaurant from Tom Coohill, who trained at L'Oustau de Baumaniere, a three-star Michelin restaurant in France, as well as the five-star Mobile Le Français in Wheeling, Illinois, and Ma Maison in Los Angeles.

That will make a trifecta of new French restaurants in Denver, something that this city can definitely use more of.