Photos: Lena Is Heating Up Broadway

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Danielle Lirette
Leña opened quietly last week -- so quietly that its phones still weren't hooked up yesterday -- but word-of-mouth is already strong on this restaurant, a concept cooked up by Jimmy Callahan, the owner of Prohibition, and chef Toby Prout. The space on Broadway, a former antique store, was gutted over the past few months, adding a bar and kitchen with a white oak-fired wood grill (Leña is Spanish for "firewood"), and restoring the stunning tin ceiling and brick walls. "It was a great canvas to work with," says general manager Jen Mattioni.

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Danielle Lirette

Danielle Lirette
Morcilla (blood sausage) is a speciality at Leña.
Leña's focus is Latin and South American shared small plates, "similar to tapas style," Mattioni explains, "with our take on traditional dishes" from all over the region, everywhere from Mexico to Ecuador and Colombia. The kitchen makes its own blood sausage, which is fired up on that grill; there are three different kinds of ceviches and homemade tortillas.

For now, Leña opens at 4 p.m. for dinner; it's open until 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and until 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; the bar keeps pouring an hour after the kitchen closes. The owners are shooting to add brunch in September, after we "see what neighborhood demand feels like," she adds. When the phone's hooked up, you can reach Leña at 720-550-7267.

In the meantime, for a taste of Leña, keep reading for more of Danielle Lirette's photos.

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24 Broadway, Denver, CO

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Melanie Lauder this new place was opened by the chef at Prohibition... check out some of the dishes..


i don't believe that Leña, or any new restaurant on Broadway, is really listening to "neighborhood demand" — they have to serve a much bigger market to get the volume they need

ScubaSteve topcommenter

Actually for "firewood" in Spanish, the name should be "Leña".


It seems to be heating up Historian's Ale House next door as well-- the woodsmoke from Lena is permeating that place, or at least it was when I went in to Historian's last week.


It is Leña, the ñ just seems to have been omitted from this particular piece.

patricia.calhoun moderator editortopcommenter

@jenmattioni the tilde is there. We can't put them in headlines for technical reasons you really don't want to know...



@patricia.calhoun, Thank you! I noticed it was in the body of the text, so I figured it was something of that nature. I just wanted to clarify for any readers, our name is, indeed, Leña. 

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