Penny Parker’s On The Town: Ambria is busting a move from the 16th Street Mall

October 19, 2012

Steve Halliday, the owner of Ambria on 16th Street Mall and Larimer, sent this e-mail to me today:

“On Saturday at 11p.m., Ambria – voted Westword’s People’s Choice Best New Restaurant 2012, will close its 16th Street Mall location in anticipation of moving to a more accessible location. Because the new space is still in negotiations, details are not being released. But, you can be sure the new site will have street access, as well as plenty of neighborhood parking. Ambria wants to thank its many loyal downtown customers – join them for ‘Last Hurrah’ specials and stay tuned.”

Steve added, “The space is too large…want a more intimate space.”

I will let you know where Ambria ends up as soon as I know.

Think pink for charity

The 9th Door, the sexy tapas bar on Blake Street in LoDo, is donating proceeds from its Pink Coyote cocktail to Sense of Security during October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  You know this charity is near and dear to my heart and, let’s face it, this could be the most fun you’ll ever have while donating to a worthy cause.  See you there! For more information, go to

Historic Landmark status

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar designated Denver’s Civic Center as a National Historic Landmark on Wednesday, marking it as the City and County of Denver’s first NHL and one of two Civic Centers in the country to achieve this prestigious recognition, announced Historic Denver Ind., the Denver nonprofit that submitted the NHL nomination.

Celebrations to honor this historic moment will take place in Denver’s Civic Center in 2013.

Four Seasons GM is jammin’

Thierry Kennel, general manager of The Four Seasons Hotel Denver, has been promoted to regional vice president, effective Monday. Kennel will continue to serve as general manager of The Four Seasons Hotel Denver while assuming additional responsibilities for three additional Four Seasons properties.

Kennel will oversee Four Seasons Hotel Palo Alto (my hometown), Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City and Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis in addition to the Denver property.

Prior to arriving in Denver nearly three years ago, Kennel served as general manager of Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. He recently celebrated his 25th anniversary with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

Conde Nast readers vote on top hotels

Conde Nast Traveler readers have spoken and they have chosen the top 10 hotels in the West – meaning in Colorado and Utah.

No. 1 is The Oxford Hotel in LoDo.

No. 3 is the St. Julien Hotel & Spa in Boulder.

No. 4 is the Hotel Teatro downtown.

No. 5 is The Brown Palace.

No. 6 is The Four Seasons Hotel Denver.

No. 7 is The Ritz-Carlton Denver

No. 9 if The JW Marriott Denver

and No. 10 is The Curtis – a Doubletree by Hilton.

In the same survey, The Westin Riverfront was named the No. 1 resort in the “Top 40 Resorts in the West” category. For more information, go to or

“We’re so excited to once again see the JW Marriott Denver, The Oxford and the Curtis earn a spot on this prestigious list,” said Walter Isenberg, president and CEO of Denver’s Sage Hospitality. “This award factors in real feedback from discerning guests, so it’s a testament to how well each of these hotels delivers a unique travel experience.”

Say what?

If you live in a converted house, call AMS Pictures, the largest production company in the Southwest, which is casting for converted homes for You Live in What?, a fun, light-hearted look at unique homes and their owners for HGTV.

To be considered for the show, you must live in a converted house, be the homeowner or responsible party, have converted the house yourself, and have photographs or video of the conversion process.

Send your name, contact info, a description of the house, and five to 10 photographs to More information:

The seen

Green Bay Packer great Jerry Kramer, having dinner at Elway’s Cherry Creek on Wednesday wearing his multiple Super Bowl rings (the Packers won the first two). In this age of specialization in the NFL, it’s hard to imagine that this guy was a five-time All Pro at guard and also was the Packer’s placekicker in 1962, 1963 and part of 1968.

Eavesdropping on a woman: “Hanky panky is always good, as long as there’s more hanky than panky.”

Did you hear that I have a new column, “Mile High Life,” in Colorado Community Media’s 17 weekly newspapers circling Denver? Be sure to like my Facebook page! Also, here’s where you go to get my column emailed to you Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I’m now the social-media liaison for the Mile High Chapter of the Colorado Restaurant Association, so read my latest restaurant news there. My email:



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