Cafe Society

Adrift chef Wade Kirwan offers a colorfully worded explanation of his pet peeves

This is part one of my interview with Wade Kirwan, executive chef of Adrift. Part two of our chat will run tomorrow.

Wade Kirwan Adrift 218 South Broadway 303-862-5749

It's mid-day, and the lights are dim at Adrift, the tiki bar and restaurant that opened three months ago on South Broadway. Wade Kirwan, Adrift's executive chef, is sprawled out in one of the chartreuse half-mooned booths, pounding water and soaking up the silence. "I love this, when I'm here alone and it's quiet," he says. Minutes later, staffers start to trickle in, and one of them, a bartender, reveals that he just lost a good friend. Kirwan excuses himself to embrace his friend and colleague. When he returns, his eyes are red and misty and he takes a deep breath.

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Lori Midson
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