Tonight, we had a small kitchen fire at Tavernetta that was swiftly contained by the Denver Fire Department. The restaurant was evacuated to ensure the safety and welfare of all staff and guests but unfortunately, Tavernetta will be closed for a few days to repair the damages. The adjacent Citizen Rail and Hotel Born were not impacted. On behalf of the entire Tavernetta team, including partners Bobby Stuckey, Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, Peter Hoglund and Mark Falcone, chef Ian Wortham and GM Justin Williams, we want to thank the Denver Fire Department and Emergency Services for their dedication and professionalism in handling this incident; our staff for the way they gracefully navigated this unforeseen emergency; and we thank our guests for remaining patient and understanding during the evacuation. The team is hard at work to re-open the restaurant and we look forward to serving our guests again as soon as we are able. For any questions, please call Sarah Abell at Baltz & Company, 917.584.8567
A fire broke in Tavernetta, the brand-new restaurant from the Frasca team, around 9:15 p.m. on Thursday night, forcing the restaurant to evacuate and close for a few days, as 5280 first reported.
“This was not my first restaurant evacuation, unfortunately, but it was definitely the smoothest,” Tavernetta publicist Sarah Abell, who just happened to be at the restaurant eating dinner at the time of the fire, said.
The Denver Fire Department took care of the fire, which they believe to have started in the walls, very quickly. No one was hurt, and the kitchen equipment was unaffected. The restaurant was so impressed by the department’s swift reaction that it will be sending some Tavernetta eats to the DFD as a thank you when it’s back up and running.
Abell said that the team hopes to re-open early next week once it gets everything put back together.
Tavernetta by Frasca: 1889 16th St., Denver, 720-605-1889; tavernettadenver.com