The idea for Stone Cellar Bistro — Arvada’s newest fine dining experience, located in the heart of Olde Town — didn’t come from years of planning, but rather the coalescing of …
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Stone Cellar Bistro is located at 7605 Grandview Avenue. Hours: Tuesday — Saturday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The idea for Stone Cellar Bistro — Arvada’s newest fine dining experience, located in the heart of Olde Town — didn’t come from years of planning, but rather the coalescing of two decades-long culinary careers.
Arvada native Jordan Alley first met Brandon Kerr when the pair worked at Z Cuisine in the Highlands neighborhood of Denver. After Z Cuisine closed, they split up and went to different restaurants, with Alley operating two food trucks and Kerr moving to South Carolina to run Husk.
Then, Kerr got a phone call from Alley that would change both of their paths.
“He asked me if I would move out here if he bought a restaurant and I was like, ‘yeah, ok, sure,’” Kerr said. “I didn’t think anything of it. but he called me two days later and said he bought the restaurant.”
Kerr said he was ready to move on from Husk, and Alley said that with his background in the area, when the location on Grandview Avenue — formerly the site of Mi Tierra, a Mexican restaurant — became available, he jumped at the opportunity.
“It’s crazy,” Alley said. “I only ever came to Mi Tierra once — in seventh grade. I went to a play at the Arvada Center and I went to Mi Tierra with some family friends after. I never thought I’d be opening a restaurant in that space.
“I grew up around here,” Alley continued. “I used to hang out around here — I’ve been on the tour of the flour mill like 10 times with boy scouts — and it’s so weird that this is our space now. It’s crazy I never expected to be right here.”
Stone Cellar Bistro’s concept is “Colorado Bistro” — locally sourced food Alley and Kerr love to prepare as well as eat, all with a French influence. The restaurant opened on June 11 and will feature a rotating menu based on what ingredients are readily available.
“We’re trying to focus on food we love to eat,” Kerr said. “As much local produce as we can. We’re not necessarily planning to be a French restaurant by any means, but we will focus on French methods, sauce work, that kind of thing. That’s out foundation.
“If something doesn’t come in from the farm that day that day that you need, take it off the menu and figure something else out,” Kerr continued. “We’re very flexible and fluid in that sense. We’re going to be printing menus probably every day.”
Alley said the concept fills a void in Olde Town and added that he hopes it might enhance the city’s profile in the culinary world.
“We’re definitely a more elevated diner,” Alley said. “I think Arvada is really missing some of that fine dining aspect. I think it’s going to change Arvada a little bit. I think it’s really going to elevate us and put us on the map as a food area.
Stone Cellar Bistro is located at 7605 Grandview Avenue and is open Tuesday — Saturday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Happy hour is from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with full dinner service immediately following. Kerr and Alley said they are looking to add a weekend brunch option in the coming months. Reservations can be made on their website; Stonecellarbistro.com.
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