2 Great Restaurants Remodeled

Rioja and Fruition get makeovers & reopen next month.

knifeandforkRioja on Larimer Square and Fruition on East Sixth Avenue are celebrating significant anniversaries, and their respective owners (Rioja partners Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch and Fruition’s Alex Siedel) are giving their first-born the gifts of new looks. Jasinski and Gruitch have since opened bought Bistro Vendome and opened Euclid Hall and Stoic & Genuine, and Seidel is now a farm (Fruition Farms) and has a second restaurant, Mercantile. Stoic & Genuine and Mercantile are neighbors on opposite wings of the renewed Union Station.

Hard to believe, but Rioja is now 10 years old. Business partners Jasinski and Gruitch were so happy with the design that Boss Architects did for Stoic & Genuine that they hired the same for the Rioja makeover. When it reopens on February 2, expect new furniture, wall and ceiling treatments and new floors. Also expect the same wonderful award-winning food. For my part, I hope tat the new materials will tamp down the noise a tad.

Fruition opened its doors in 2007, and it has reportedly invited the original guests who dined with there on the first night of dinner service to join them again on February 6 reopening. The new look, according to Penny Parker’s “On the Town”column is “early New England dining room. Walls of subtly toned painted paneling, tufted woolen banquettes, vintage lighting and large-scaled linoleum relief prints on paper by Denver artist Geoffrey Ridge are the highlights of this nostalgic space.”