Prima, the second restaurant inside The Hotel Teatro, helmed by chef Kevin Taylor, closed at the end of March and will reopen in July as The Nickel on the renovated ground floor of the historical hotel.
A chef-driven culinary concept, the menu will draw inspiration from its Rocky Mountain heritage, incorporating locally-sourced ingredients into rustic stripped-down Colorado fare. The décor of the space will echo the menu, featuring textiles sourced from the Rocky Mountain region; custom-made furnishings and industrial materials.
The restaurant’s name pays homage to the hotel’s storied past. With an original vault dating back to the property’s origins as Denver’s Tramway Building in 1911, the space was once used to collect nickels from customers riding streetcars.
Leading The Nickel is chef/restaurateur, Jake Linzinmeir, a certified sommelier and executive chef. Coming from the mountains of Telluride to Denver, Linzinmeir brings an extensive knowledge of homegrown Colorado foods, having personally worked with farmers, ranchers and foragers across the state.
In addition to executing the vision of the new restaurant, Linzinmeir will oversee catering and in-room menus, to the beverage program that includes a bar of house barrel-aged spirits and a coffee and wine lounge in the former Restaurant Kevin Taylor space, which closed earlier this month.
“The Nickel will be a combination of many inspiration points I’ve been collecting throughout my career,” Linzinmeir said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to work at some of the finest restaurants in New York, Aspen, Los Angeles and Italy – and the most memorable experiences for me have been those that were simple, classic and could be enjoyed at any time of the day.”
As for the beverage program designed to complement the food, Linzinmeir said, “It’s much more fun to eat at a bar than drink in a restaurant.” The barrel-aged spirits will be accompanied by Colorado craft beers, a hand-selected wine collection and a coffee-roasting program.
“We’re excited to introduce The Nickel to everyone,” Afsi Bird, general manager of the hotel. “We have a new team and will unveil a new lobby, a new culinary program and a new outlook on the next great destination for downtown Denver.”
For more information, please visit: www.hotelteatro.com/the-nickel.
The Nickel will sport an old-time rotisserie (below) and its menu will include a dish of duck, pork belly and an elk sausage cassuolet. (Hotel Teatro photo)