Peter Ryan found a place of his own -- but turning it into The Plimoth was a challenge

Last winter, Peter Ryan, former executive chef/instructor at Cook Street School of Culinary Arts, inked a deal on an out-of-the-way space in North City Park that he felt was just right for the neighborhood eatery he dreamed of opening -- in what happened to be his own neighborhood. But the nearly century-old space was about as far from move-in ready as it gets.

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Chef Peter Ryan opens The Plimoth in north City Park

It took Ryan, his kitchen crew and even neighborhood workers some nine months to transform what had most recently been a storage-unit assembly area and, much earlier, a drugstore, into the restaurant it is now. While the long buildout was worth it, it meant time away from the kitchen, which Ryan says left him feeling rusty when The Plimoth opened in November.

"We forgot how to cook," jokes Ryan. "I could tell you how to work with drywall, but my knife skills were terrible."

Find out if cooking is like riding a bicycle -- once you learn, you never really forget -- when my review of the Plimoth is posted at tomorrow.

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The Plimoth

2335 East 28th Avenue, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

So looking forward to your review.  Headed there tonight (Tues) for a second visit, our first was simply stellar.  Not a huge fan or the space or neighborhood but I'll willingly overlook that for the food that's coming out of the kitchen - sublime!!

Denver Dave
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@Gerard_Portmanteau @Denver Dave  You couldn't pay me to live in that neighborhood - check the crime stats.  Murder in the parking lot of a nearby business in broad open daylight not that long ago.  

Denver Dave
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@Gerard_Portmanteau @LoriMidsonCafeSociety  

I'll refer you both to the irrelevant actual current crime stats:

per 1000 population:  Washington Park (Lori's and my 'hood) - 5.5, Whittier 9.9, City Park 13.4, City Park West 12.4


@LoriMidsonCafeSociety  I hear you. 

So far, no car break-ins, vandalism, junkies passed out in our parking spot or random surprise bum-dookies in our alley, all of which were sadly regular down there. I once caught a guy hotwiring a car two houses down. I'm digging it up here in Crime Central.

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@Gerard_Portmanteau @Denver Dave 

Ha. I live in the heart of Wash Park, and in the last two months, we've had more home burglaries (daytime burglaries, by the way) and car break-ins than most neighborhoods experience in a year. At this point, I'd gladly move out of my "oh-so-safe environs," which aren't so safe anymore. 


@Denver Dave "Check the crime stats." You're silly. It's Denver, man. Not Oakland.

First: the murders of which you speak happened two years ago in a different neighborhood (Whittier). If we're gonna live in fear of every single place that a crime ever occurred, none of us will ever leave the house. Crime happens everywhere--even in the (gasp) suburbs! I know! 

Full disclosure: I *do* live here. It's awesome. Great neighbors, sense of community, close to downtown, architecture, parks, etc. I spent the previous decade in the oh-so-safe environs of West Washington Park, and the low-level crime there dwarfs what I've experienced here.

But hey, no skin off my nose! No worries about paying you to live here, either. There are lots and lots of people who will do the paying themselves, because they want to live in Denver, not US Homesville.

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