Openings and Closings

Steuben's and Vesta Dipping Grill owners will build a new restaurant and ping pong hall in the old Storz Garage space

Fifteen years ago, Josh Wolkon and his wife, Jen, opened Vesta Dipping Grill in a cavernous space in LoDo, and they've packed in crowds ever since. Those crowds followed them and Matt Selby over to Steuben's, the garage-turned-hip-retro-restaurant in Uptown that features American classics and a great bar program. Last year, with help from Brandon and Emily Biederman, the Steuben's Food Truck hit the pavement -- and the group isn't stopping there.

Wolkon and his team, which also includes Jeff Bustos, now have a third project in the works: They've just signed a lease on the old Storz Garage and Preferred Transportation building, at 17th and Pennsylvania, and they'll be building it out into a restaurant that will complement the vibe of Steuben's, which sits directly to the east.

Details are still sparse on the new restaurant concept, but Wolkon will divulge that the massive building will include additional kitchen space for Steuben's, a restaurant and bar, a 3,000-square-foot patio and a ping-pong hall, which should be especially exciting for anyone following our hipster's guide to sports.

He also says that Selby and Biederman, executive chefs at Vesta and Steuben's, respectively, are collaborating on the menu.

The partners are currently obtaining permits to begin their project, which will involve a major overhaul of the space to outfit it properly to serve food. As such, there's no opening date on the calendar -- but it's likely to take several months to get up and running.

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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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