By December 15, 2008 7:59 AM
Three weeks ago Holly Hartnett
, the former manager of Table 6
, opened Venue
, a minimalist American bistro in the Highland Square space once occupied by 8 Rivers
. Expect a small menu from chef James Rugile (formerly of Black Pearl) that changes
On the night I dined, the composed beet salad with pistachios and the mussels with caramelized fennel and tomato stood out. I enjoyed the thoughtful presentation of the mussels (slices of rustic bread sit at the bottom of the bowl to soak up the addictive broth), but I think the starter would benefit from an additional ladle of broth.
As for the other dishes--I tried the barramundi, the scallops, and the flat iron steak--there are kinks to work out but potential in each.
Venue is tiny (read: bar-less), so plan on grabbing a drink before or after dinner at the Mead St. Station
or Coral Room
609 W. 32nd Ave., 303-477-0477