Park Hill residents know the strip on Kearney Street between 22nd and 23rd avenues well. In a largely residential area, this block contains a bakery, an upscale restaurant, a pizzeria and nowNeighbors at Park Hill
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, a new venture with an eclectic mix of clientele that makes it difficult to categorize.
Post-Broncos game, a few boisterous couples wearing Elway and Tebow jerseys crowd around the bar in front of a muted television. A family with young children hunkers down in a quiet corner for a low-key meal. A few forty-somethings clink their wine glasses and bless the new year, all while "Son of a Preacher Man" and "Dueling Banjos" play in the background. Neighbors calls itself a tapas bar, but it's more than that -- it's a gathering place.
Co-owner Greg Reudi says the mission with Neighbors was to create "a fun, memorable place to hang out...and I've always been into wine," he adds with a grin. Working with wife Ashlee and friend Bryan Glasman, they transformed the former home of Perk Hill, a beloved coffee shop, into Neighbors. And any apprehension they might have had of filling such large shoes quickly faded when the neighborhood welcomed them. "We are friends with the owners of Tables, the restaurant across the street," Reudi notes. "Everyone's been really supportive." Neighbors features wine and cheese platters with both local and international cheeses, though that certainly isn't the end of the menu, which also includes gourmet paninis, salads and housemade desserts. Neighbors at Park Hill is open from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Check out what's new on Neighbors' Facebook page.