Robert Thompson restaurant empire is on a RiNo roll

February 3, 2014

Eater Denver reports that Robert Thompson, the restaurateur who owns Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar and Punch Bowl Social, will open the Griffin, a modern German beer hall in a complex at 3001 Brighton Blvd., in RiNo, the ever-increasing popular restaurant destination in Denver.

“Brighton (boulevard) is the new Bohemia,” Thompson told Eater. “There’s a lot of artistic integrity in RiNo and a lot of commercial activism. Several people have pioneered this neighborhood for years and it doesn’t take a lot of vision to see what the neighborhood will become in the next year or two years.”

The building that will house the Griffin will open to office tenants, some 500 projected workers, in late March/early April. Thompson plans to start serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week, plus weekend brunch in September.

The 5,500-square-foot space includes six floor-to-ceiling glass garage doors and a 2,500-square-foot outdoor beer garden. Thompson told Eater he plans to create a restaurant and beer hall serving food rooted in the cuisines of Germany, Denmark and Turkey.

“Our cuisine will have a German, Alsacian, and Danish basis with Middle-Eastern influences. We are not trying to do a German sausage house, but rather to create a food board reflective of how Germany eats today. That, of course, includes Germany’s zestier, spicier younger brother, Turkish food,” Thompson said. The menu is developed by chef John Broening,  co-owner of Spuntino and culinary director for Thompson’s other restaurants, Le Grand Bistro and soon-to-open Argyll Whisky Beer.

The space is being designed in collaboration with Becky Stone of OZ Architecture.

Forty beers will be sold on tap.

Griffin will open in September and will reflect a German beer garden in its food and beers.

Griffin will open in September and will reflect a German beer garden in its food and beers.

Comments are closed.

Leave a comment