Denver is home to Bar Louie’s first-ever new prototype. Dubbing itself the “original gastrobar,” Bar Louie is a full-service bar-focused chain with more than 70 locations. Founded in Chicago in 1990 and now headquartered in Dallas, the new Bar Louie prototype is a lighter and brighter spin on the chain’s earlier iteration.

Located in The Shops at Northfield in Denver, the gastrobar prototype location closed for several weeks during renovations. The changes are extensive — the exterior, interior, menu and even the flatware got an overhaul. The enhanced design features new colors, lighting, booths, tables, chairs and barstools. There are also renovated bathrooms, a takeout and delivery station and upgraded high-efficiency kitchen equipment. In addition, Bar Louie is embracing the Mile High City scene by bringing in Denver muralist Randy Segura, to paint a one-of-a-kind floor-to-ceiling piece that anchors the new gastrobar.

“Like most restaurants, Bar Louie has focused on surviving the pandemic while building for the future,” says Bar Louie CEO Tom Fricke. “We quickly initiated takeout and delivery, launched two new virtual brands, and we were able to resume our plans for Bar Louie 4.0. Now, we have a strong foundation in place, and we’re ready to grow. We’re excited to debut our new concept direction in Denver.”

Images courtesy of Bar Louie