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Sneak Peek of French 75

Frank Bonanno's newest restaurant brings classic French fare to the business district

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Interior at French 75

After months of anticipation, Frank Bonanno’s newest creation, French 75 {717 17th Street Suite B, Denver; 303.405.7575} is set to open on Monday, July 17. Marking Bonanno’s 10th restaurant (well technically 11th, if you count Lou’s Food Bar, which shuttered this past winter), French 75 exudes a level of casual sophistication with intimate plush booths, exposed brick, and a connected bar/open kitchen spanning the length of the restaurant, blurring the line between guests and staff. The glass-accented mezzanine, which can be made private, is surrounded by top-shelf bottles of bubbly that nod to the concept’s cocktail inspiration. But make no mistake; Bonanno’s latest venture is meant to be business casual.

“Even though we may not look like a classic neighborhood bistro, at French 75, I want to highlight true and honest French food,” explains Bonanno. Billed as Mizuna’s little sister, French 75 hopes to fill a neighborhood niche, introducing casual Parisian fare to the business district.

What to eat

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Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese

For starters, we highly recommend the craveable Lobster Bisque and the traditional Steak Tartare served with toasted slices of broiche. A homage to Mizuna, the decadently creamy Mizuna Lobster Macaroni & Cheese enjoys do-not-miss status. The menu offers a full lineup of lighter eats, too, including salads—including the Table Side Caesar, only available at dinner—and sandwiches ranging from the French Dip to F75 Burger, doused in French 75’s secret sauce. Proteins reign supreme at French 75, from thick hunks of rotisserie-style Colorado leg of lamb in the Gigot D’Agneau to the Canard served with two confit duck legs accompanied by thinly sliced pieces of roasted breast served with curried lentils and butter-braised cabbage.

Gigot d’Agneau (Leg of Lamb)

What to drink

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A full menu of French 75s you say?

It goes without saying that French 75s are the name of the cocktail game here. Beverage Director Adam Hodak has crafted a full lineup of French 75s, from the Traditionnel crafted with Leopold’s small batch gin and Champagne, to the playful Peach Street with pear brandy and house-pressed Asian pear juice. Serving as one of the few elevated concepts in the area, French 75’s daily happy hour is sure to offer a needed refuge for an after-work release. Of course, the bar features the usual suspects—$5 well spirits, beers, wines, and $8 specialty cocktails—but for a deal that will really lift your spirits, guests can choose from two different varietals of bubbly for only $22.

More information and menus will shortly be online, but for now, take a gander at their Facebook page.

Morgan Carter, Editor