Wild Catch reopens tonight with a new chef and a new menu

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Lori Midson
Just got off the horn with Mandi Clement, who, along with her husband (and ex-Mizuna chef) Tony, are now consulting at Wild Catch, the former sustainable seafood restaurant that Daniel Kuhlman opened in August -- and subsequently shuttered -- several weeks ago when then-chef and co-owner Justin Brunson made the decision to exit.

The restaurant, which will continue with the same name, will reopen tonight at 5 p.m. with Tony commanding the kitchen and Mandi running the front of the house. "We're exhausted, but we're ready, so tonight's the night," says Mandi, who spent the last several days training the staff, while Tony designed a new menu.

"Tony's menu is French country and American classics -- simply put, it's comfort food with really high-quality ingredients," Mandi notes, adding, too, that the "portions are really generous." And there's a kids menu, as well. "We definitely want to keep it kid-friendly."

The board -- a collection of sandwiches, including a boar bratwurst and fried chicken sandwich; beef and elk burgers; soups; and entrees like pheasant and biscuits, cassoulet, pot roast and steak frites -- is less expensive than the dishes at Wild Catch, with prices between $16 and $28 for main plates and $8 to $10 for appetizers.

"We're very excited to get our feet wet, make really good food and give the neighborhood something new to try," Mandi says. "And we're really thankful for all of our friends who've helped us out so much while we were putting this together."

Wild Catch will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m.

Location Info

Wild Catch - CLOSED

1033 E. 17th Ave., Denver, CO

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dont'knock'it'til'you'try'it
dont'knock'it'til'you'try'it

Having dined at Wild Catch last night, I can whole heartedly say it was spot on. The food was executed perfectly and service was warm and welcoming. To all of the comments above, it's rather ignorant to give your opinion without giving it go. As for the name, I agree it should be changed. The staff informed me last night that the wheels are during in that direction, its just a matter of logistics.   

cmack23
cmack23

I like how they are trying to focus on affordable but the starting prices on entrees are $16- and for apps 10-.  Everybody knows we can go to any place and have a chicken entree for 15-16 but a boars sausage for $16- not thanks I can go to the grocers and buy a six pack for 1/3 the cost.  Ruined a fantastic concept focusing on great fish to a game place...need to change the name to wild hunt maybe.

Jessehall
Jessehall

Sweet. another comfort food restaurant in Denver.

sometimesItSeemsHopeless
sometimesItSeemsHopeless

This is sad. Sandwiches and kid-friendly? Absolutely ridiculous. Justin was right it seems, the owner of this place clearly has no perception of how to do anything properly. As a loyal patron of the previous Wild Catch, my appreciation for their unique concept and unassuming niche they so elegantly carved within Denver's terribly saturated "comfort food with really high-quality ingredients" landscape, I can definitively state that I will never step foot through their days again. If you are going to switch concepts from interesting to ordinary, going to DESTROY a beautiful atmosphere and ambiance in a neighborhood of culinary intrigue by encouraging kids to fill your space, then you had better damn well change the fucking name, morons.

notrocketscience
notrocketscience

do you dine out often? because its common knowledge if you prepare a meal at home its ALWAYS a 1/3 of the price. duh. when dining your paying for the experience, the creative hands crafting your meal, for the atmosphere, for the service. I'd say the prices are affordable especially considering the quality. 

ohHotComforts
ohHotComforts

Awesome. I heard they're gonna build out a big coal-fired oven in back and start doing pizza too. Big slices with extra cheese.

SnackyCake
SnackyCake

Sad and horribly laughable. I'd order off the kids menu if it features some fried meaty nuggets and tots... but only if they do a mean house-made ketchup for grub-dunking pleasure. We'll see.

HopeSpringsEternal
HopeSpringsEternal

Jesus, anyone who goes from sadness to that level of anger in a single blog posting probably isn't the clientele they're targeting anyway.  Steer clear of the wine, the sulfites could push you over the edge.

McLovinIt
McLovinIt

Absolutely right on the money. And by money, I mean flushing it down the drain. No disrespect to Tony or Mandi, but how is anything described here fall under the Wild Catch moniker? Boar, Elk, and Pheasant? You should have called it Hasenfeffer and put TVs on the wall where you can play Big Game Hunter 3D and covered the floors in sawdust. Behind the bar you could hang a sign that says, "No Boots, No Spurs...No Service." People could drink beers out of those boot glasses, take shots out of bull horns and eat their dinners off metal pans with their hands.

Wait...maybe I should open that....

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