The Abbey Tavern slakes a thirst in one of Denver's restaurant deserts

People talk about grocery-store deserts -- but what about restaurant deserts? Park Hill isn't exactly a desert, but it's pretty arid. Sure, there are some places to eat -- Solera, Tables and Oblio's, to name a few -- but openings are few and far between. That's one of the reasons why The Abbey Tavern has created quite a buzz.

See also: Best Restaurant on Colfax 2014 -- Solera

But not the only reason.

Launched last fall by two Irishmen, this Irish pub has already become a gathering place, not just for folks looking for Guinness but for neighborhood families. "An Irish pub, to me, is a form of inviting hospitality and warmth, very welcoming," says partner Glen Eastwood, who was the general manager at a couple of Irish bars around town before he decided to open his own place.

Find out whether he succeeded in creating that kind of welcoming spot when my review of The Abbey Tavern is posted here tomorrow.


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Gretchen Kurtz has worked as a writer for 25 years; during that time she's stomped grapes in Napa, eaten b'stilla in Fez, and baked with Buddy Valastro, aka the Cake Boss. Her work has appeared in publications including Boulevard (Paris), Diversion, the New York Times and Westword. Our restaurant critic since 2012, she loves helping you decide where to eat and drink tonight.
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