New at the Hyatt: Pub17 on Welton Street

Pub 17 diners have a choice of burgers made with Meyer's Natural Angus Beef, beef, Colorado lamb or turkey. with house-sauces to match.

Hotel replaces traditional restaurant with more casual pub

It has been more than four years since I visited the main restaurant in the Grand Hyatt Denver. Then, it was Restaurant 1876, whose three-meals-day format was meant to accommodate hotel guests and other out-of-towners, as well as locals. I wrote a post about a prix fixe dinner special then. Now, it has been reconcepted — a word that I hate but that fits — into Pub 17, a more casual restaurant and lounge serving boutique produce, artisan dairy products and heritage meats paired with regional award-winning wines and hand-crafted local microbrews. Lots of microbrews.

Jay Leandro, Pub 17’s youthful. Massachusetts-born Chef de Cuisine uses premium ingredients from local farmers and regional growersto  cultivate flavors inspired by the seasons to pair with limited production drafts and private cellars of  some of the state’s foremost vintners. Local, seasonal, organic and fresh are he hallmarks os his kitchen. At a preview the other night, the waitstaff brought out small plate after tasty and attractive small plate. Pub 17’s follows the slogan, “Food Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served.” I don’t know whether Chef Leandro came up with those words to describe the food, or whether a marketing person wrote the slogan and tasked him with writing seasonal menus for it.

{ub 17 serves  three meals a day plus happy hourI rushed out of the house to catch a Denver-bound bus, leaving my camera on the hall table whee I couldn’t  possibly forget it — but naturally I did. — so the image above left/ is the Hyatt’s own. I have none of mine to share.

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