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The Oven's Mark Tarbell needs another name

Construction -- or, rather destruction -- began this week on Sean Yontz’s old Chama space in the Belmar development, which is scheduled to become Phoenix chef Mark Tarbell’s second Colorado restaurant, following the success of his first, The Oven, in that same Lakewood project.

One complication: Tarbell doesn’t yet have a name for the new space. Or, you know, any idea what kind of food he’s going to be serving there. One thing he does have? An opening date: end of November, just a little more than a month away.

“We are down to two names and will have that in the next couple of weeks,” Tarbell told me this week. “The final name will determine the direction we take on the menu.”

Judging by what he's done at The Oven, any direction could be a good one. -- Jason Sheehan

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