Cafe Society

Restaurant Kevin Taylor to get a facelift

The plush digs at Restaurant Kevin Taylor in the Hotel Teatro reflect the decade in which it was built, channeling the boom of the 1990s with lavish gold touches and opulent furniture.

We've come a long way since then -- two recessions to be exact -- and now, the gold's got to go. The restaurant will close for renovations on August 8, reopen its wine cellar for intimate parties on August 10, and greet the full dinner crowd with an overhauled interior on August 18.

"It's about as thorough a change as you can make without tearing down any walls," says Kristin Hutton, director of sales and marketing for the Kevin Taylor eateries.

The dining room will be updated for a contemporary look, rather than its current antiquated Parisian feel. The design team is working off a palette of black, gray and white, and will replace everything from lighting to carpets and window treatments.

There will be some construction, too: The mezzanine space will be closed off for private parties, adding more technology hook-ups to better accommodate the corporate clientele that makes up a good deal of the restaurant's patronage.

That revamped interior will match the recently adjusted menu, which scaled back offerings but added a nightly, $45 three-course prix fixe dinner. Hutton says those menu changes were made in anticipation of the changes of the physical space.

Taylor, who also runs Prima, Palettes, Kevin Taylor at the Opera House and summer operations at the Teller House in Central City, is still short one anticipated restaurant: across town in Broomfield, nearly a year after Kevin Taylor Steak was supposed to open its doors in the aloft Hotel at Arista, the project is still on hold due to issues with the developer.

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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.
Contact: Laura Shunk