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With the arrival of Lobby American Grille, one of Denver's best patios is resurrected

"We had a line out the door for Sunday brunch and got our butts kicked. We were shocked and amazed." That's the word from Charley Sinden, who's just coming up for air after his first days of feeding the Ballpark neighborhood and anyone else who's ventured through the doors of Lobby American Grille, the new comfort food restaurant at 2191 Arapahoe Street (in the former Buenos Aires Grill space).

Lobby held its grand opening on Friday, September 25, and so far, says executive chef Sinden, it's been a grind -- but absolutely worth it: "Opening this place was a ton of work, and I'm working no less than twelve hours a day, every day, but it's excellent to be open and see the support of the neighborhood." And you can bet that the neighborhood is damn thankful for the resurrection of the garden patio, a canopied refuge tricked out with the last of summer's blooms that easily qualifies as one of the top al fresco rest stops in the city.

And you can also assume that Sinden's former kitchen staff at the now shuttered Nine75 (the drama of which was chronicled here) is happy, too. "I hired the majority of my old kitchen people to work here, everyone from the prep guys to the dishwasher. I even brought back one of the hostesses," Sinden says. "They're a great crew and I wanted them with me."

Lobby is open for Sunday brunch and daily for dinner, with late-night kitchen hours on Friday and Saturday; lunch service begins tomorrow. For more information, call 303-997-9911.

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