Chef Duy Pham opening Parker Garage in Parker

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Chef Duy Pham, whose impressive cooking career in Colorado started at the long-gone Le Petit Gourmet Catering and journeyed through the kitchens of Tante Louise, Opal, the Luna Hotel, Sushi Den, Fifteen Twentyone in Pueblo and, most recently, Epernay and Restaurant Kevin Taylor, is looking forward to the month of May, when he and Brent Walker, the regional manager of all the Earl's restaurants in Denver, will open Parker Garage -- fittingly, on Main Street in the city of Parker.

See also: Duy Pham, exec chef of Epernay, on being super-obsessed with gadgets

The fading space, which Walker snapped up in January following the closure of the Warhorse Inn, a bar that occupied the coveted Main Street address for thirty years, was built in 1915 as an auto-body garage and gas station, and while the building suffered numerous fires during its early years, Walker is restoring the exterior to mimic the original facade. "We're taking the outside back to what it looked like in the beginning, exposing the brick and returning it to the classic exterior; we're re-crafting a legacy," says Pham, who will be the executive chef.

And Pham, whose culinary prowess is steeped in French technique, is doing very different food from his days at Epernay, where he was rolling sushi rolls a lot more often than he would have liked. There won't be any sushi at Parker Garage. Instead, Pham is doing "farm-to-table" cuisine that focuses, he says, on "heavy small plates, seven entrees and four family-style dishes, including a tomahawk ribeye, whole fish and whole duck." Pham reveals, too, that he'll have a separate "farm" menu dedicated solely to what he can source from local farmers and ranchers. And Parker Garage will also have its own on-site greenhouse, "where we'll grow our own vegetables, herbs and micro-greens," adds Pham.

The rusticated space, which will seat 150 inside and another forty outside, will have an open kitchen and an exposed prep area, making essentially everything that Pham and his kitchen crew do completely transparent.

"I'm so excited about this project," says Pham. "There's been a lot of growth in Parker, and it's booming, plus there's a lot of traffic on Main Street, the building is right, I'm doing food that I want to do, and everyone has been so supportive. I think this is really going to work for us," he adds.

Pham estimates that Parker Garage will open in late spring/early summer, and when it does, it will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.