Daniel Kuhlman, owner of Wild Catch, responds to Justin Brunson's claims

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"Literally, I'd never heard of any of these charges until I read your story," says Daniel Kuhlman, the owner of Wild Catch, which abruptly shuttered on Saturday, when co-owner/chef Justin Brunson, along with his staff, walked out the door following a meeting the day before between Brunson and Kuhlman that ended anything but amicably.

"I mean it: Justin never told me any of this," insists Kuhlman, alluding to Brunson's allegations that Kuhlman refused to reveal the restaurant's financials, among other things. "He never once asked me to see them," contends Kuhlman.

And that's about all he'll say about his and Brunson's former partnership that landed on the rocks this past weekend, leaving Wild Catch high and dry. "Suffice it to say that there are enough errors in Justin's accusations that my attorney has advised me not to use this platform as a public forum," explains Kuhlman.

But he will say this: "We're definitely going to reopen Wild Catch as the same concept -- a sustainably harvested seafood restaurant, and we're talking to a lot of really qualified chefs who can help us continue what we started."

He hopes to have Wild Catch open again between November 30 and December 2.

We'll continue to keep you updated.


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Wild Catch - CLOSED

1033 E. 17th Ave., Denver, CO

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19 comments
BSquared
BSquared

SOHow is that reopening working for you?Right on schedule I see

JackieL
JackieL

Hah he sounds like a peice.

rckchk
rckchk

I cringe at the thought of eating at this restaurant knowing it just couldn't live up to what I've already had.  I think I'd feel wrong just walking in the door.  It isn't the same thing.  I live in the neighborhood.  Tastes was awful, and now this happened.  Daniel Kuhlman could you please just leave Uptown? 

Joseph
Joseph

Sour grapes don't pair well with fish.

TheReferee
TheReferee

Apparently they both suck as businesspeople. 

But comparatively speaking, one of them is a "businessman", and one of them has talent that I can eat.

So Brunson wins the blog battle.

The only upside for us all is that Kuhlman will sue Brunson, which will require Brunson to apply his talents immediately to fund a lawsuit.  Bon appetit!

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

My my ... the Denver restaurant scene has become soooo catty ...

Meow !

Peter
Peter

This guy is similar to owners of 8 Rivers Caribbean place and the one on 38th & Eliot - used to be some fish place and Gelman's before that. Their comments are taken as bible quotes from news hungry food blogs, which ultimately turn out to have no meaning. These guys make empty promises and then even retreat on those! I am really surprised if people like these can get funding to open restaurants then we all should be in restaurant business! I have known of Mr. Kuhlman from his first Taste's days - the guy made various promises to his bartenders - but none of them fructified - all bartenders left. Bronson was the victim - did not know any better. But he is at the better place. This guy is the loser - good luck getting wild catch open - even at a fraction of what Justin did! Daniel had the financing (or appeared to be); Justin has the talent. Talent always wins - Justin can create another Wild Catch - Daniel can only create another 'restaurant' based on his financiers' ideas - who apparently have wayyy too much of bad money to burn! 

Nope
Nope

Um...between November 30th and December 2nd? Can I get a show of hands who thinks that'll be a good opening? I'm sorry, but no chef, no BOH or FOH and he expects to be open in a two weeks with Thanksgiving in the middle of it?

I have no affiliation to either side, but that seems like a Whale's Tale.

kennyk
kennyk

and the winners are???

the lawyers....

davebarnes
davebarnes

As this is the same Daniel Kuhlman (as I understand it) that owns Tastes ( on Tennyson) that has open/closed more than once in the last few years, I am not holding my breath.

cake
cake

Bottom Line People :We are all connected.  We all have each others backs.  If you don't know the business, don't open a restaurant. Best of luck finding a chef.....ALL OF US  love Brunson. 

Djhamel
Djhamel

Agreed. Michael Long is a prick!

Sunny D.
Sunny D.

Whatever chef takes the job can kiss his Denver career goodbye. Regardless who was at fault (it usually takes two to tango), it's hard to fix bad press.

jimmy page chef
jimmy page chef

el longo may be a prick but does not need to be know as "the" michael long

JohhnyJon
JohhnyJon

Those two are a match made in heaven

Sunny D.
Sunny D.

I hear the Michael Long is one of those chefs.

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