Prima and Restaurant Kevin Taylor are gone, but Palettes remains

Kevin Taylor Restaurant Group made headlines when two of its best-known properties, Restaurant Kevin Taylor and Prima Ristorante, shuttered this spring -- Kevin Taylor at the end of March, Prima just two weeks ago. Both were fixtures in the Hotel Teatro, which is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation and is scheduled to reopen this summer with a new concept called the Nickel, spearheaded by restaurateur Jake Linzinmeir. See also: Hotel Teatro taps chef Jake Linzinmeir to spearhead the Nickel, its new restaurant

But even though Taylor's name isn't quite so easy to find at restaurants these days, his culinary stamp can still be felt around town, including at Palettes, which opened inside the Denver Art Museum in 1997 and nabbed Westword's best new restaurant award a year later.

Find out if Palettes is still putting out food that's as inspired as the art around it when my review is posted here tomorrow.


KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Gretchen Kurtz has worked as a writer for 25 years; during that time she's stomped grapes in Napa, eaten b'stilla in Fez, and baked with Buddy Valastro, aka the Cake Boss. Her work has appeared in publications including Boulevard (Paris), Diversion, the New York Times and Westword. Our restaurant critic since 2012, she loves helping you decide where to eat and drink tonight.
Contact: Gretchen Kurtz