Reader: Should restaurants that have been reviewed be reviewed again?

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The big new kitchen at Squeaky Bean.
Yesterday Gretchen Kurtz offered a taste of her review of the new Squeaky Bean that will be posted here later today: a look at the "eggplant & plum" appetizer that is one of the most difficult dishes to plate, according to exec chef Max MacKissock.

But Steveville isn't hungering to learn more. "It would be nice to read a review of a restaurant that hasn't been reviewed yet," he writes.

See also:
- Presentation matters at Squeaky Bean
- Chef and Tell with Max MacKissock
- Laura Shunk Review: Happy Days are here again at Squeaky Bean

We're not sure if Steveville is referring to Laura Shunk's review of the original Squeaky Bean, which closed in summer 2011, or reviews of the new restaurant that have already appeared in other publications -- before the expiration of the three-month waiting period we generally observe for new restaurants.

Here's Denver Dave's response:

I'm fine with reading a review of a restaurant that has been reviewed before especially since I wasn't a huge Laura Shunk fan. Maybe Gretchen has a different point of view and can offer a fresh perspective. I particularly appreciate this in high end dining spots like the Squeaky Bean. A lot of initial reviews have not been all the flattering and before I go laying out $100+ a head I'll take all the input I can get.

You can read Gretchen Kurtz's full review of Squeaky Bean later today on In the meantime, what other restaurants would you like to see reviewed? Post your suggestions below. And while you're at it, what do you think of the three-month rule that many reviewers observe?

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Squeaky Bean

1500 Wynkoop St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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If you went to the old Squeaky and have been to the new, they really are night and day and worth a new review.

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If Steveville wants to read a review of a restaurant that hasn't been reviewed yet, he need only look to last week's review of La Guarida, or any of Gretchen's other reviews from the past couple of months. The Squeaky Bean may have been reviewed in its previous incarnation by a previous restaurant critic, but most curious people want to know the current writer's opinion of a new restaurant with an expanded menu and more ambitious goals.


Westword's policy of giving a new restaurant three months before reviewing it is fair and generous. As a paying customer though, I would expect a restaurant of this caliber and reputation to be able to hit the ground running, so an early review would not be unfair. My main concern with dining at a new restaurant is probably the crowds rather than the food. I ate at Squeaky Bean about a month ago and was impressed with both the food and the management's flawless handling of a full room and a full book of reservations. But nothing less should be expected; these guys are veterans and the food and drinks aren't cheap. I would have been disappointed with a less than stellar experience.

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