Cafe Society

Old Curtis Street Tavern becoming the Curtis Club

The Old Curtis Street Tavern was a beloved watering hole for many young artists in Denver's music and comedy scene until it closed last January. Now the space has been transformed into the Curtis Club, an old West-styled gastro-pub with a contemporary menu of locally sourced produce and plenty of vegan-friendly, gluten-free options. The place will have a soft opening on Friday, October 25 and a grand opening celebration on November 1.

While he's made a name for himself in the local music scene (playing in the bands Moccasin/Nightingale and Dario Rosa, among others), this will be owner Scott Bagus's first foray into having his own restaurant. He's joined by Eric Johnson, who spent eight years as the chef de cuisine at the Flagstaff House. We recently toured the renovated space, checking out the 45 singles jukebox and new wooden tables, and then grabbed Bagus and Johnson from their round-the-clock construction schedule to chat about sustainability, local music and why so many chefs are intimidated by a vegan-friendly menu.

See also: Old Curtis Street's last hurrah

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Josiah M. Hesse
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