Cafe Society

Vesta Dipping Grill owner Josh Wolkon reflects on fifteen years of success

His long, lanky body clad in a T-shirt, knee-length shorts and Converse tennis shoes, Josh Wolkon slips into a booth at Steuben's, orders a Pimms cocktail and stretches his arms. The last few months have been a whirlwind for the owner of Steuben's, which he unleashed in Uptown in 2007. Next month, he'll open Ace Eat Serve, a 9,000-square-foot ping pong-themed playground that pimps Asian cuisine.

But before any of that, there was Vesta Dipping Grill, one of the first restaurants to open in LoDo, long before the downtown enclave became a breeding ground for fashionable restaurants, cocktail bars and nightclubs — long before Wolkon, who opened Vesta in 1997, along with his wife, Jen, would become a respected household name in the restaurant industry. Next month marks Vesta's fifteen-year anniversary.