Exclusive first look: The Slotted Spoon Meatball Eatery opens February 4

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The menu, which trumpets pork, lamb, beef, chicken and bison balls -- all sourced locally -- emphasizes "flavor profiles that are fluid and poignant but customizable," explains Cummings. "Between all the different meatballs, eleven sauces, different vessels -- breads, pastas, bowls, salads -- and toppings, there are millions of combinations. I started counting and finally gave up," he jokes.

Over the next week, Cummings and his staff will spend time prepping, training, hosting friends and family dinners and a Heroes against Hunger charity event to benefit Share Our Strength, with whom the Slotted Spoon has partnered. They'll stay out of the restaurant on Sunday to "decompress and regroup and watch the Super Bowl," says Cummings and then open for lunch at 11 a.m. on Monday.

"I've been around this business a long time, I've opened a lot of restaurants, and I'm successful and driven, but these last few months have really felt like Christmas morning to me," Cummings tells me. "Sure, we all think we're badasses," he quips, "but we've been softened by this experience -- it's so empowering and humbling and inspiring and frightening at the same time -- and we're all giving each other the opportunity to be successful. I've asked my staff to dedicate themselves to me and I've promised to dedicate myself to them. I get to be a teacher and a student -- that's who I am at heart."

I spent some time with Cummings and his staff over the weekend as they prepped for this week's events, and I also had the opportunity to check out the space; you can take a look at all the photos on the next few pages. And for more updates on the opening, wander over to the Slotted Spoon Facebook page.

Location Info

Slotted Spoon Meatball Eatery

2730 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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9 comments
janny
janny

The comment, as I see it, is pointing out the fact that we copy trends from the coasts/Chicago instead of trying to invent our own in Denver.  It would be fun to see some unique concepts created in Denver.  

AceRanchero
AceRanchero

February, 2013— and at least three years after the trend hit elsewhere. Right on time for Denver. 

gustov
gustov

Jensen's ego is bigger than the great outdoors.  Why would he want to share camera space with the food at the restaurant?

lucymcfad
lucymcfad

Looks interesting, but I was hoping to see pics of the meatballs offered. Missed marketing opportunity, but may check it out. 

Greg Pierce
Greg Pierce

These are great customers and friends of mine! I wish them the best and encourage all of you to visit!

AceRanchero
AceRanchero

@janny Thank you, Janny, it appears that your reading comprehension is less, uh, "interpretive' than it is with some others folks. 

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@AceRanchero You should capitalize on your prognostication skills. Knowing what the big hits are means that you should be able to make a killing opening restaurants in Denver that are just beginning to emerge in bigger cities. You could have been the meatball king of the Front Range three years ago!

AceRanchero
AceRanchero

 @Mantonat Good news, I predict the next big thing will be…TACOS! On a trip to NYC last fall, having lunches with two separate groups of friends, all they wanted to do was to go out to hot, new taco bars. Now there's something that we'll be ahead of the curve with. 

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