The ART Hotel has announced Executive Chef Chris Jakubiec will be heading FIRE Lounge & Terrace, a new restaurant in the soon-to-open hotel located at 12th and Broadway in Denver’s civic and cultural district. This restaurant will utilize locally-grown and sustainably raised foods. Ingredients will be sourced from local farms, like Millberger Farm, Friends Fields Farms and Fiber of Life.
“The menu is designed to be social and approachable, while incorporating cooking techniques that elevate classic ingredients,” says Chef Jakubiec. “Our dishes are inspired from the energy of the city and the exciting cultural shift towards progressive dinning and art forms. We’ll be constantly evolving and look forward to bringing playful yet sincere cuisine to the dinning scene.”
Situated on the same block as the Denver Art Museum and directly across the street from History Colorado, the ART Hotel is slated to open this June and will add 165 hotel rooms to downtown Denver. This project was designed by architect Guadalupe Cantu of Davis Partnership Architects, which happens to be the same firm that worked with Daniel Libeskind when he designed the Frederic C. Hamilton Building addition to the Denver Art Museum.
Works of art will be displayed at every gathering place in the new hotel and selected works were curated by Dianne Vanderlip, former curator of modern and contemporary art at the Denver Art Museum. Fire Lounge & Terrace will also serve as an art gallery with original works on display.
The Art Hotel will feature 7,000 square feet of space that can be used for meetings, banquets and weddings. Once completed the exterior will showcase a large-scale light installation by artist Leo Villareal who is know as the artist behind the San Francisco Bay Bridge’s “Bay Lights.” The installation will include 22,000 LED bulbs that will stretch between the motor lobby and along a portion of Broadway.
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