Sean Kenyon joins the talented bar crew at Euclid Hall -- for now

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Lori Midson
Star-tender Sean Kenyon had all of his cocktail recipes ready to go for the late July opening of the Occidental, a cocktail bar that would have taken over the Squeaky Bean, which closed last month when owner Johnny Ballen and his landlord -- ARV Holdings, the entity run by the Aguirre family, who own Rosa Linda's, the Bean's next-door neighbor -- couldn't hash out a lease agreement.

Ballen and his crew planned to reopen the Squeaky Bean in another location and turn the existing Highland space into a swank cocktail lounge spearheaded by Kenyon, but last week, lease negotiations again broke down between Ballen and the Aguirres, and, as a result, the Occidental won't be opening after all -- at least not there.

And that means that the staff is looking for interim jobs to tide them over until the Squeaky Bean and the Occidental find homes. Kenyon landed a position at Euclid Hall -- and he started behind-the-bar training earlier today.

"It's unfortunate that it didn't work out, but until the Bean reopens, and we find another space to open the Occidental -- which we're definitely going to do somewhere, because we love the idea -- I'll be behind the bar at Euclid three or four nights a week," says Kenyon, adding that Euclid Hall owner/chef Jennifer Jasinski and her business partner, Beth Gruitch, have extended temporary positions at Euclid, Rioja and Bistro Vendome, all of which are owned by Jasinksi, to several Squeaky Bean employees.

For his part, Kenyon, who's renowned for his craftsmanship with cocktails, doesn't intend to overhaul Euclid's existing syllabus."There's really not a ton to fix," he notes. "We'll do some tweaking here and there, and there will be more concentration on the technique and preparation of classic cocktails and their formulas -- but, really, we're just going to have some fun behind the bar," he adds.

Euclid, of course, already lays claim to one of the best beer programs in Denver, so it's no surprise that Kenyon and the Euclid bar clan will play around with beer cocktails, too. "There's already an amazing beer program in place here, so we're going to take advantage of that and create some great beer cocktails, as well," says Kenyon.

Location Info

Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen

1317 14th St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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8 comments
Kimberly
Kimberly

Kudos to Jenn for offering temp positions to those displaced by the close of the Squeaky Bean. That's all kinds of classy right there! Right on!

Bencookin
Bencookin

I wonder if The Bean is going to pay all the people they own money to with "magic squeaky beans"!!! Best Homer Simpson Voice on that one...

Mantonat
Mantonat

I'd really love for Westword to get the details on why the lease negotiations fell through. My gut reaction is to wonder how the landlord could let this slip away, but I'm sure their point of view must make sense to them financially. Or maybe they just didn't like having restaurant competition in their front yard.

Bhoffmeyer
Bhoffmeyer

This news about The Occidental makes me like Rosa Linda's and the Aguirre family even less!

barslinger
barslinger

share the rumors to The Bean's new spot

beerme
beerme

get those beer prices down.

Abe Froman
Abe Froman

this is why the restaurant biz is so great.  one big happy family here in Denver, great to see The Bean Team has found temporary homes.

i've heard some rumors floating around about The Bean's new location...any official word on this??  some exciting stuff...

Kimberly
Kimberly

I would have to think that your last point is probably the most accurate.

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