There's another reason to compare the two, though: Location, location, location. See also: Is the Kitchen Next Door Glendale the Next Big Thing?One reader with a long memory points out that Kurtz was more on the mark than she may have realized: Decades ago, there was a TGI Fridays located in the Union Station wing that's now home to the Kitchen Next Door Union Station, which opened last month right next to Stoic & Genuine -- which also occupies some of the TGI space.
After Fridays pulled out of the station two decades ago, it was replaced by Redfish Seafood Kitchen, then Lotus, a nightclub that closed down after a shooting in the parking lot and never reopened. The local, local, local Kitchen Next Door should be a much better fit, with its determination to be "its own hip, casual, somewhat healthy being," Kurtz writes. "And with that goal, it fits into the current Denver scene far better than any global chain."
Even the legendary TGI Fridays.