Photos: Root25 takes root in the Hyatt Regency in the DTC

A new restaurant has taken root on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency in the Tech Center. Root25 Taphouse & Kitchen is a big step up from the standard chain-hotel restaurant, with locally focused fare, barrel-aged cocktails and a healthy kid's menu.

Partnering with such local vendors as Haystack Mountain, Breckenridge Brewery, Udi's Food and Grower's Organic, Root25 is providing a "playful exploration of the food and beverage offerings in Colorado," says Ben Hardaway, director of food and beverage.

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And what will you find at Root25? An early leader right out of the gate is the bison burger. Cooked over a wood-burning grill, the bison patty is covered with horseradish cheddar, fried jalapenos and topped with a sunny-side up egg. Served with "house cut Idaho spuds," it is available during lunch for $14. Another lunchtime favorite is the HCBLT. House-cured bacon, lettuce, green tomato, apple-smoked cheddar and cippolini aioli arrive on a toasted, multi-grain bread. At $12, it's served with your choice of fresh fruit, kettle chips, root vegetable chips, house salad or spuds. Served in a handcrafted wooden bowl, the chopped bleu cheese steakhouse salad is at the top of the salad options. Garden greens, all-natural flatiron steak, pickled carrot, chives, green olive croutons and Maytag dressing make a hearty, tangy feast at $14. To help wash down these meals, Root25 has an extensive drink menu -- including a dozen local beers on tap, gluten-free ciders and wine, a nice selection of single-malts and some noteworthy cocktails. One such cocktail is the "Smokey Martini." Combining Vodka 14 and Fireside Whiskey in a wood barrel for aging, the concoction is then poured into a chilled martini glass with a wisp of dry vermouth for an amber glow and the taste of a Manhattan and twist of a lemon.

"Death in the Afternoon" jumps off the drink menu as well. The cocktail, named after the Ernest Hemingway story, combines Leopold Bros. absinthe and sparkling wine for a cloudy flute with a black licorice flavor.

Looking out for those well under legal drinking age, too, Root25 has a "For Kids by Kids" interactive menu. There's no mac and cheese, but you will find the "Build Your Own Whole Wheat Sub" and whole wheat spaghetti and turkey meatballs at lunch and dinner, and a "Top Your Own Taco" at breakfast.

Root25 is open seven days a week and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner; there's a happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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