Photos: A first look at the space at Ace
On July 28, Josh and Jen Wolkon, the owners of Vesta Dipping Grill, Steuben's and the Steuben's Food Truck, will introduce special-invite Denverites to Ace, a behemoth ping-pong palace and Asian restaurant that's been in the works for months -- and opens to the public next Wednesday.
And while Josh has kept the interior -- one of the most striking we've seen in this city in a long time -- under wraps during the construction phase, he gave me a sneak peek into his newest concept, which was designed by Xan Creative -- the same firm that created the eye-popping quarters of Snooze, Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria and D Bar in San Diego. And the Ace space, bedecked with preserved elements from its prior days as the former Storz Garage space, along with rusticated, reclaimed and recycled materials, including pallet wood, a neon sign, shipping containers, lighting fixtures, a retro water fountain -- and even parts from old airplanes -- is full of visual eye candy. Herewith, a teaser of photos that still leaves plenty to the imagination.