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Denver-based hospitality group Culinary Creative were the ones who took over the Wazee Lounge and Supper Club, the comfort food institution that existed in the 1910 building at 1600 15th Street. They converted the Wazee into high-end French restaurant the Morin in 2018 and have since been growing their hospitality businesses in the Denver area.
Morin was “named on of the America’s 100 Best Restaurants of 2019 by Wine Enthusiast” according to their official website, but like many other restaurants, was unfortunately locked up in March of 2020 when the pandemic hit. This has lead the group to think about re-branding the space.
Even though the space was shut down, co-founder of Culinary Creative, Juan Padró and his team used the kitchen to help out the community during the pandemic. They cooked and helped feed many people. “We fed the community out of that kitchen as a group,” Juan Padró said in a recent interview. ““We made hundreds of thousands of meals for front-line workers, shelters. That kitchen for us has a special meaning.”
Now, the hospitality group is re-branding Morin’s old space into A5, a steakhouse that will be serving wagyu as well as other special cuts of beef such as American wagyu and American grass-fed cuts. Apart from the steaks, there will also be a terrace and seafood bar that will be ran by Oyster Wulff.
While hard at work re-branding the Morin, Culinary Creative has also recently opened Forget Me Not, a cocktail bar which exists in an old flower shop located on 227 Clayton Street, taken over Aviano Coffee and are opening a fourth Tap & Burger.
We can’t wait to see what Culinary Creative does next.