Don't be confused by the sign over the door: The 9th Avenue Grill is gone, but the space at 900 Jersey Street is back in business as Jersey Street Bar and Grill. It's been open for a few weeks now, and the owners are hoping for a long run in the turnover-heavy spot -- especially since they also own the rest of the block-long shopping center where the restaurant is located.
"We've been on the block in some way or another for 22 years, and so far it's been great business to have the restaurant, too," says owner Alex Papadimitropoulos (who sometimes uses the last name "Pappas" for brevity's sake).
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Before it was the Jersey Street Bar and Grill, the space held the 9th Avenue Grill, Angie's, Carmine's Cucina and La Bola, among others.
Neighbors know the Papadimitropoulos family as the operators of Jersey Street Liquors, a couple of doors down. But Alex's son, George (one of several family members who work at the joint), insists that the new restaurant -- which serves up casual Greek, Italian, Mexican and American faves -- isn't intended for just a small pocket of Denver. "I know it's kind of tucked away in the community," he says, "but we have a lot to offer everyone, beyond our neighbors."
This Friday, the family will introduce a new menu and, soon, a sign to replace the current 9th Avenue one. Of course, it's what's inside that counts, whether you're in the mood for gyros, eggplant parm or even a burrito.
As waiter Adrian DiUbaldo sums up the place's appeal: "It's the type of place you can stay as long as you want after the check."