bangelephant-20180802-lirette014.jpg
Danielle Lirette

Bang Up to the Elephant

Danielle Lirette
This isn’t a restaurant. It’s an all-day hangout that transports you as far away from Denver as if you had clicked ruby slippers and ended up in the tropics. Brick walls are painted two shades of blue to capture the sky/water palette of Trinidad and Tobago, the islands that inspired owner Kevin Delk, the visionary behind Beatrice & Woodsley. Light sparkles through a stained-glass wall and twirling, translucent mobiles, giving the sense of being underwater looking up at the sun. Tropical plants twist out of cinderblock walls to bring a 3-D reality to this island/jungle/otherworldly octopus’s garden. Food isn’t the main draw, but it’s refreshing in its difference from Denver’s norm. The menus — and there are lots of them, since this restaurant is open from early morning to the wee hours of the next morning — conjure up island spirit and the intersection of many cultures. Don’t miss the jerk chicken, curried chana roti wraps and beach drinks.

Map