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Hickory & Ash Opens in Broomfield

Father-son duo Kevin and Ryan Taylor have opened their New American concept

Denver native Kevin Taylor began his restaurant career at a young age, opening his first restaurant in Denver at the age of 25 in 1987. Since then, he has truly become a titan of the dining scene, operating Kevin Taylor Restaurant Group and opening restaurants including the acclaimed Zenith American Grill and Palettes in 1997, the first chef-driven museum concept, nestled inside the Denver Art Museum. For his newest venture, however, Kevin has given the reigns to his son, Ryan Taylor, introducing Hickory & Ash {8001 Arista Place, Broomfield; 720. 390.4400}.

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Short Rib Pastrami Brussels sprouts, mustard, and pumpernickel

Executive Chef and partner to the concept, Ryan Taylor is no stranger to the restaurant industry himself. Ryan began his restaurant career at the age of 15, carving his own path under his guise of his father’s legacy. “There was a level of intimidation when I first started as a teenager, trying to keep up with his style and level of standards, but it became a great foundation for me,” says Ryan. “Over time, I grew into my own style that is reflected at Hickory & Ash. Many people who have tasted both my food and my dad’s food can identify some differences. While the intimidation for my father’s legacy is definitely still there as far as standards and a high level of perfection, there’s a different twist to my style.”

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Photo courtesy of Hickory & Ash

At Hickory & Ash, Ryan has flexed his skills, introducing a meat-centric cuisine kissed by the hickory smoked grill. The 5,550-square-foot space is outfitted with rustic accouterments with cow skulls and ash tree logs, hanging over the open dining room space. Showcasing the locality of Colorado, Ryan has sourced a number of ingredients across the state including meat, cheese, produce, and fish, presenting a menu that is regional and most importantly, approachable. “My dad is known for fine dining and utilizing exotic ingredients that people aren’t familiar with,” says Ryan. “We wanted to transition to affordable, delicious food prepared in ways that are familiar but still unique to us.”

The concept truly exudes a sense of home, not just due to its casual setting but due in part to its familial connection. Not only do father and son have a hand in the concept, but Denise Taylor—Kevin Taylor’s wife—serves as restaurant co-owner. Her son Cooper Mease also acts as managing partner and can be found day in and day out inside the dining room. Truly, you can tell there is a sense of love within its walls.

What to Eat

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Colorado Striped Bass Veracruz with white beans, zucchini, and jalapeño pesto

H&A’s signature dishes showcase the chefs upbringing including the deconstructed Short Rib Pastrami as well as the Shrimp Coctele, a nod to the first dish that Kevin taught Ryan to make as a child: shrimp ceviche. For fare with a hint of smoke, guests can choose from larger entrées including Hickory Grilled Salmon, Colorado Striped Bass Veracruz, and a variety of prime steak cuts (including a four-ounce Filet Mignon for only $18) sourcing from Local Aspen Ridge Natural Beef.

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Don’t leave without checking out the dessert menu. The PB&J Candy Bar crafted with raspberry, salted caramel, and dark chocolate is certainly a showstopper.

What to Drink

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Raspberry Paloma hits a balance of sweet and spicy thatnks to the Cuidad blanco, fresh raspberry, and kick of fresno chilis.

Keeping on it local, the bar program at Hickory & Ash features a bevy of Colorado-produced liquors and beer. A perfect summer sipper, order the Limonata with vanilla bean infused Bravo Zulu gin or for a cocktail with a kick, try the Raspberry Paloma accentuated with fresno chiles. As for brews, H&A offers a variety of craft beers on tap including the Hickory & Ash Altbier, a custom-made brew made with local brewing partner, Wonderland Brewing.

Hickory & Ash opens this Friday, July 7 at 5-10pm. Hickory & Ash will be open daily from 5-10pm. The restaurant will add on happy hour and brunch in the near future.

Morgan Carter, Editor