Sage Restaurant Group, the Denver-based independent restaurant group dedicated to providing innovative, playful, and locally focused food and beverage experiences, brings the fourth location of its celebrated Urban Farmer Steakhouse to Downtown Denver in June 2017. Originating in Portland in 2008, the concept quickly expanded to Cleveland and Philadelphia. Urban Farmer Denver will distinguish itself from the other three locations with a menu and décor that are both thoughtfully tailored to the local community.
“Each time we open an Urban Farmer Steakhouse is like opening a brand new restaurant, and we’re thrilled to bring this concept to our hometown of Denver,” says Peter Karpinski, co-founder of SRG. “Though steakhouses are certainly not unfamiliar to diners here in Denver, we hope that Urban Farmer’s emphasis on local Colorado sourcing and simple presentations redefines the traditional steakhouse dining experience for our guests.”
Urban Farmer Denver’s seasonally driven menu will highlight nose-to-tail cuts of naturally-raised meat, carefully curated by Executive Chef Chris Starkus, who was previously the Chef de Cuisine of Urban Farmer Portland, and Culinary Director of the Urban Farmer brand, Matt Christianson. The restaurant focuses on in-house whole animal butchering and ways to use the entire animal throughout the menu.
The steakhouse is not entirely focused on meats alone, and will also offer soul-nurturing sides, soups, and salads inspired by each season’s abundance. Additionally, diners will find a roaming cheese cart displaying a variety of high-pedigree local cheeses. Post-supper sweets will be made in-house and include a variety of baked goods and selection of rotating ice creams and sorbets.
The restaurant’s beverage program complements the fresh and seasonal menu with early-American inspired cocktails made with Colorado spirits, alongside local Denver craft beers and a curated wine list.
The new Urban Farmer location in Denver’s lower Downtown neighborhood replaces McCormick & Schmick’s at 17th and Wazee, adjacent to The Oxford Hotel. Celebrating the creative spirit of the Denver community, Karpinski and Sage Restaurant Group worked with local firms to design the fourth Urban Farmer. The space was designed by Xan Creative, a Denver-based interior design and environmental branding firm founded by Melissa Friday in 2001, that has left a lasting mark on the Denver hospitality community through its interior branding of local restaurants like D Bar, Atomic Cowboy, Los Chingones, Racca’s Pizzeria Neapolitana, and Snooze restaurants. The restaurant’s branding is imagined by The Made Shop, a small design studio working out of Denver and LA that was founded by architect-turned-designer Marke Johnson, that is known for making uniquely beautiful brands, art, spaces, ideas, and more.
Urban Farmer Denver will be open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as weekend brunch.