Openings and Closings

Village Cork Reopens With Lunch, Dinner and Full Bar

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That space has been converted to a more traditional bar with a full liquor license and plenty of seating. The focus is still on wine, but customers will now be able to order cocktails and spirits from a list that leans toward Colorado producers.

Also new: lunch hours and a separate lunch menu featuring a sampling of sandwiches, soups, pastas and cheese plates. The dinner menu is small, but comprises a seasonal list of organic comfort dishes based on Colorado-sourced meats and produce. With a bigger kitchen, the crew can put out complete entrees and slow-cooked options such as Wagyu beef cheeks and more complex offerings like striped bass with parsnip latkes, gold beet slaw and sorrel pistou. As before the remodel, the menu will change with the seasons. And since the kitchen hasn't been open since summer, most of the dishes on the fall menu are all new.

The Village Cork was opened fourteen years ago by Lisa Lapp, who has continuously evolved the concept but had been running out of room to offer guests a full dining experience until the remodel, much of which was performed by her husband, Mike. She created the bar and chef's counter surfaces herself from thousands of wine corks and clear resin. "It was a lot of hard work," says Mike, "but it was worth it."

The Village Cork is now open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight on Fridays, and 5 p.m. to midnight on Saturdays.

Keep reading for interior photos of the newly expanded Village Cork.

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Mark Antonation is the former Westword Food & Drink Editor. In 2018, he was named Outstanding Media Professional by the Colorado Restaurant Association; he's now with the Colorado Restaurant Foundation.
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