First look: John Holly's Asian Bistro opens on South Gaylord Street

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John Holly's Asian Bistro, which already boasts a duo of outposts across the city, including one in Lone Tree and a second in the Harvard Gulch neighborhood, just upped the count to three with this week's opening in Washington Park, taking over the former Japon space at 1028 South Gaylord Street. The interior, which owners Cichi Shi and Andy Huang completely gutted, save for the bar area overlooking the streetscape, is pure modern Zen and serenity, with one wall devoted entirely to a water feature bobbing with sparkling bubbles. The menu, which includes a comprehensive sushi syllabus, is complemented by familiar Chinese dishes, a smattering of Thai curries and a few Korean and Singaporean plates. And if your pockets are deep, there's braised abalone, too: $108 for eight ounces; $208 for sixteen ounces. John Holly's is open for lunch and dinner daily, and if you live in the Wash Park 'hood, delivery is free with a minimum order of $15.

Here's a peek at the space and some of the dishes to look forward to.

See also: Restaurant Japon will soon close in Wash Park - and relocate to a new location next year

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John Holly's Asian Bistro

1028 South Gaylord Street, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

Another bait and tackle shop.  Just what we need.

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Why so many chain restaurants on South Gaylord?  Il Vicino, Tavern, and now John Holly's.  That area has so much potential.  But it's wasted on mediocre chains.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@ScubaSteve  Jesus, I really can't imagine a more juvenile or close-minded comment about sushi. You do realize this is a food blog, right? If you don't have enough respect for other cultures to keep from making disparaging and idiotic remarks about their food choices, at least do it somewhere where the other braying jackasses will appreciate it.

ABQMusic
ABQMusic

@_____  Il Vicino isn't a "chain." Yeah, they have more than one location, but that doesn't make it a faceless chain.

bondadprevalece
bondadprevalece

@_____  I really don't get why when something has more than one location, it's suddenly considered a chain on par with Chili's. Another John Holly's is hardly considered a chain restaurant.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@_____  Because the neighborhood association has some sort of grudge that only the places with deeper pockets to pay for good lawyers can overcome. 


Also, you name three chains. On that block there's also The Wash Park Grill, Reiver's, Devil's Food, Max Gill & Grill, and Agave Taco Bar. So eight restaurants on one block, three of which are locally owned, not national, chains. Seems like a reasonable mix. Of course, quality is the real measure, not the ownership structure, but that's a different matter.

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@ABQMusic @_____  


Ok you're right too.  Still doesn't change the fact that it's not good pizza.

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@bondadprevalece  


You're right.  It's not on par with Chili's.  More like PF Changs.  Mediocre Americanized pan-Asian food.

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@Mantonat @_____  


"Of course, quality is the real measure, not the ownership structure, but that's a different matter."


Quoted for truth.  Chain or not, the quality in that area is pretty mediocre.

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@ABQMusic @_____  


Wow.  Sounds like you have a bone to pick with me.  Registered last week just to defend Il Vicino?  Probably.

ABQMusic
ABQMusic

@_____ Wow, sounds like you have a bone to pick with any establishment in the area? Are you the one who called the police because restaurants were opening in the area? Probably.

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