Project delayed, Mike Henderson joins bar at Colt & Gray

Mike Henderson may have left TAG to focus on his own project, but in the meantime, he'll be working, at least part time, behind the bar at Colt & Gray. Yesterday marked Henderson's first day on staff, and he started learning the ropes of the dining room and kitchen.

"My timeline got extended a bit, and my own project is now about six months to a year out," said Henderson of his venue change, "Colt & Gray was gracious enough to extend me an offer in the meantime."

Barman Kevin Burke looks forward to the experience Henderson will bring to the cocktail collaboration at the restaurant. "There's a right way to do things, and Mike does it the right way." he says, "He's never made me a bad cocktail, and he's got incredible, natural intuition. That's a testament to the professionalism of TAG's bar, and it reinforces what we already do at Colt & Gray."

Henderson joins a staff that includes another former member of TAG's team, Moe Elio, in manning what's quickly becoming one of the most serious beverage programs in Denver.

"We've got a bit of a dream team," says Henderson of his new gig, "I'm working with three of the most talented bartenders in town."

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Laura Shunk was Westword's restaurant critic from 2010 to 2012; she's also been food editor at the Village Voice and a dining columnist in Beijing. Her toughest assignment had her drinking ten martinis and eating ten Caesar salads over the course of 48 hours. She still drinks martinis, but remains lukewarm on Caesar salads.
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