As locals know, Denver’s landmark Union Station, once a busy Union Pacific Railroad depot and more recently a barely used Amtrak stop, is being renovated into part of an inter-modal transportation hub, with the neo-classical station itself slated to become a luxury hotel, shopping center and restaurant row. Happily, the Union Station Alliance, which is directing massive makeover, has so far selected local restaurateurs.
Highly regarded Denver and Boulder restaurateurs have committed to take space in the grandiose old station in LoDo: John and Adam Schlagel of Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, the wildly popular Front Range breakfast and brunch place; Hugo Matheson and Kimbal Musk of Boulder-based The Kitchen [Next Door], which at this location won’t literally be next door to any other Kitchen but a few blocks from The Kitchen [Denver] at 16th and Wazee, and a yet unnamed restaurant from Fruition’s Alex Seidel. They all promise outdoor dining.
What I view as an unfortunate casualty of this wonderful renovation is the demise of Red Star Deli and Studio F in the Ice House, directly beside the disruptive renovation project. Even with the talented James Mazzio at the helm, this daring combination of excellent deli in the front and food-oriented event space (the former Mise en Place Cooking School). Couldn’t prevail . Mazzio is now back in the Aspen area, last I heard as executive chef at The Edge Restaurant & Bar in Snowmass.