When Matt Selby found a home at Corner House, did he trade up?

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Lori Midson
Matt Selby is at home at Corner House.
Nine years ago, my husband and I put together a short list of cities where we'd want to raise our kids. New York, where we lived at the time, wasn't on it. Denver was.

Months later, to see if both his potential job and the city seemed like the right fit, we found ourselves in LoDo, looking for places to eat. And everyone we met, from the realtor to the concierge to the people my husband would end up working with, recommended the same place: Vesta Dipping Grill.

See also:

- Chef and Tell: Matt Selby
- Slide Show: Behind the scenes at Corner House
- Matt Selby leaving Vesta group for Corner House

We ended up not being able to eat there that night; Vesta was full and, given jet lag, we were too tired to wait for a late open table.

But once we made the move to Denver, it was one of the first restaurants we visited, and we weren't disappointed. I've had my eye on Vesta ever since, and it's safe to say that Matt Selby was the first chef in Denver I knew by name.

Over the years, I've enjoyed watching Selby's role expand from executive chef at Vesta to company chef for Vesta, Steuben's and Ace. And when he went off on his own, I couldn't wait to follow him to Corner House, which he and two partners opened in Jefferson Park this winter.

See if his new venture will be the place that everyone recommends to newcomers when my review is posted here tomorrow.



Location Info

Corner House - CLOSED

2240 Clay St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

Gretchen  --   you're always reviewing the same places that Westword rants about all the time. The places you review may all be new to you but they aren't to many of us.  Please try going out of the mainstream and turn us on to some new different places for a big fat change.  Thanks.

quinner6931
quinner6931

Sooo then why say he "traded up"?  Sounds like a pretty even trade to me, Vesta to Corner House.

  Sometimes I really wonder the motives of these Westword writers.  Seems extremely stupid to tell everyone you're gonna write a review and to stay posted.  Why not just post your review??

  The more I follow Westword.com the more I realize they are more interested in the amount of "clicks" or "hits" they get on their website rather than just giving us a story or a review, etc. (ever notice how the simplest of stories still require you to click at least 2 pages?).  Hence the reason we see the same story repeated up to 8-12 times a week on Facebook.  You all are about to lose a loyal reader.  Lock it up Westword!!! Lock it up!!!  I know you can better!

Bill Husted
Bill Husted

bad tease...... like ch 4 or something. don't post crazy teases....

eyeroll
eyeroll

@foodcrazy Is it her choice of subjects or her writing you find boring? 

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@foodcrazy Bop & Gogi, La Polleria, Pho Lee, Taita, Azitra, Cafe Byblos, the Early Bird, Kachina, So Perfect Eats, Makan Malaysian, Curtis Park Creamery, Shish Kabob Grill, La Guarida Cuban. None of these are places that you'd exactly call mainstream or that Westword rants about (at least not before Gretchen reviewed them). Some are old, hidden gems, some are new curiosities. Seems like Gretchen does a pretty good job of balancing the hot, trendy restaurants with the ethnic holes-in-the-wall, and the neighborhood breakfast joints and sandwich shops.

And just because you've been there before doesn't mean the rest of us don't want to read Gretchen's opinion of the place.

So, out of curiosity, what places would you like to see Gretchen review for a big fat change?

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