Russo's Kitchen + Tavern closed at Vallagio in Englewood in April 2012 and has been vacant ever since. Sandwiched between the southern outpost of Marco's Coal-Fired Pizza and Mary Nguyen's Street Kitchen Asian Bistro, Russo's struggled to find its identity, especially after chef Brian Laird (now garnering attention at Sarto's) left. Darien and Janine Fischer hope to bring identity back to the place with a straight-forward concept called the Metropolitan Bar & Grill, which they expect to open in mid-December.
"My wife and I have wanted to start a restaurant for some time," says Darien Fischer. "We like the excitement, energy, and creativity of the restaurant business." Chef Kenneth Callahan will head the kitchen, which Fischer says will put out classic American fare -- burgers, sandwiches, salads -- for lunch and dinner.
Fischer has worked in the Denver Tech Center for over ten years and understands the restaurant needs of the community. "We hope to create a place for the residents of the Vallagio and surrounding apartments to enjoy a leisurely lunch or dinner," he adds, expecting that Inverness residents will make up a big part of his customer base.
Because Vallagio sits between the office parks and retail centers of the DTC and Inverness, Fischer also expects "surrounding businesses at Inverness to grab a quick lunch or relax after work during happy hour."
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Mainly, Fischer wants the Metropolitan to be a comfortable and casual environment. "We are really looking forward to serving our guests great food and cocktails."