When Laura Shunk recently visited Green Russell, our Best Contemporary Cocktail Bar in the Best of Denver 2011, she discovered that the subterreanean speakeasy not only has a new menu, but someone new in the kitchen, too: legendary local chef Sean Kelly.
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Turns out that just-as-legendary restaurateur Frank Bonanno, who'd opened that stylish spot last fall, was frustrated with the early menu and wanted to move in a different direction. And Kelly, the man behind Aubergine, Clair de Lune and Somethin' Else, who'd most recently joined up with Larimer Associates to open LoHi SteakBar and Ernie's Bar & Pizza, had some time to take on a new project. So for the last three weeks, he's been helping redesign Green Russell's menu and bring consistency to a kitchen where Bonanno himself doesn't have time to cook every night. If you subscribe to Cafe Bites, our weekly e-mail newsletter devoted to recent developments on the Denver dining scene, you already knew this. If you don't subscribe, you can sign up here.