Table to Tavern, owner of Atticus, is now without Table 6

Categories: Cafe Society

Danielle Lirette
The interior of Atticus pays homage to a former occupant.
If you've been to a divorce party, you know that separations are no longer seen as the end of something, but rather the beginning. Still, not everyone likes to broadcast the news of a break-up, not even when it involves business rather than personal matters. Until I began fact-checking this week's review of Atticus, I was under the impression that the neighborhood spot not far from the University of Denver was operated by Table to Tavern restaurant group -- "Table" referring to the crew at Table 6 and "Tavern" referencing the owners of the next-door Boone's Tavern and the Handlebar Tavern by Washington Park. And that impression was correct. Sort of.

See also: Atticus, a new restaurant fromTable to Tavern, will open next to Boone's

Table 6 is no longer related to Atticus.
When Table to Tavern was formed last summer, it was indeed a partnership between Pour Kids, owners of Boone's Tavern and Handlebar Tavern, and Table 6's Paradigm Restaurants.The goal of the new group, as Table to Tavern CEO Brian Midtbo told Lori Midson last fall, was to "take what we all do -- the fun of sports and the amazing food and service of Table 6 -- and meld them into one."

While Table 6 remained unchanged by the move -- although it did lose founding chef Scott Parker to Session Kitchen around the same time -- Boone's underwent a makeover, and the group began renovating the space next door to Boone's, which had been Fagan's for decades, into what would eventually become Atticus.

But while Aaron Forman of Table 6 helped develop Atticus's wine list and train its staff, the partnership dissolved in January, shortly before Atticus opened. Despite the parting, Midtbo has nothing but good things to say about his former partner. "Table 6 still is hands down the best service in town and that is Aaron's doing," Midtbo told me by e-mail. Atticus remains under the umbrella of Table to Tavern, which is owned by Brian Midtbo, Angie Midtbo and Rob Lanphier, who had been a co-owner of B.U.F.F. Brothers before he split in 2011 to found Pour Kids.

Location Info


1115 East Evans Avenue, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Boone's Tavern

1135 E. Evans Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Table 6

609 Corona St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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ScubaSteve topcommenter

I was happy with Fagan's.  Some people insist on fixing things until they're broken.

WillieStortz topcommenter

This revelation makes everything much clearer. 

The food and service at Atticus came nowhere near the high standards I have come to expect at Table 6.

Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

Can you really blame the Table 6 folks (argueably one of the top 10 spots in Denver) for not wanting to be associated with Boone's Tavern, Atticus and the Handlebar??

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@WillieStortz ... the Food Critic should be obligated to identify and out the actual owners of every restaurant they review -- and publicize all outside joint ventures and business partnerships ...


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