Veteran Denver restaurateur Leo Goto has a new restaurant in Littleton. Leo Goto's Riverfront, located at 2852 West Bowles Avenue, on the Platte River, had what general manager Joseph Madril described as a "very soft opening" last Monday. The new restaurant, which formerly housed an events center, is currently open for happy hour only, Madril says, with plans to open for lunch and dinner service in the next few weeks.
The new spot is a reincarnation of Leo's Place, the downtown Denver restaurant Goto operated in the late 60's through mid 70's. Goto also used to own the Wellshire Inn.
Madril describes the concept behind the new restaurant, which will be able to seat 90 people, as "upscale comfort food with Asian fusion influences." Goto held on to the event center's chef, Andrea McGrath, who, along with him and Madril, came up with the dishes.
Here's a peek at the current happy hour menu (can you say wontons?):
Crunch and Dunk $4 Wonton and plantain chips served with fresh mango papaya salsa and guacamole
Wonton Tacos $8 Crispy wonton taco shells filled with smoked pulled pork in Hoisin with Riverfront's own Asian slaw.
5 Spice Calamari $6 Baby corn, lemongrass and scallions served with shots of sweet chili sauce and a citrus soy vinaigrette
Sate on the Rocks $6 A trio of grilled chicken skewers glazed in teriyaki, orange miso and 8 spices
California Napoleon $12 Crab salad, wonton crisps, seasoned sushi rice, fresh avocado and slivers of Nori, a twist on the California roll
Ahi Bites on Plantain $10 Spice-dusted and seared bites of ahi served on plantain chips with fresh mango papaya salsa and Asian slaw drizzled in sweet soy sauce
Tempura Shaker $5 Tempura-battered asparagus, green beans and carrots with a shot of curry aioli
Wonton Ravioli $6 Steamed raviolis stuffed with seasoned ground pork over a bed of wilted baby bok choy and finished with 8 spice sauce
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Current hours are Monday through Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. When lunch and dinner service commence, the restaurant will be open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The space will continue to host events on weekends, Madril says.