Uncle Joe's is the brainchild of former Denver surgeon and current Vegas and Hong Kong entertainment mogul Dennis Law, MD. After retiring from the medical practice and branching out into film and stage production, Law also opened the first Uncle Joe's in Hong Kong. Because of his ties to Colorado, he selected Denver for the second location, which opened last month featuring a simple menu with several choices of meat served on rice, noodles, a brioche burger bun or a scallion pancake wrap. Small plates consisting of soups, dumplings, sweet potato tots with Taiwan plum salt and a few other dishes round out the menu, along with two house specials: ginger shrimp and that ass-kicking tofu.
While the restaurant bills itself as "fast and casual," Uncle Joe's is a full service restaurant with a waitstaff, not a counter-service joint in the style of Chipotle or Noodles & Co. There's also a full bar with a range of cocktails, sakes, wine and beer. Located across the street from the Colorado Convention Center and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Uncle Joe's sports an almost club-like luster with a purple color scheme accented with dark wood and white stone tops on the bar and community table.
Uncle Joe's is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight.