A Return to Roots.
Upon opening in 2009 and establishing the “Squeaky Beds,” raised beds for herb gardening, the Squeaky Bean practice of farming has grown into a 2-acre farm in Lakewood, labeled the “Bean Farm.” As of now, the bean farm has merged with a 26-acre non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) Lakewood farm called the “Everitt Farm.” This new merger will allow for the restaurant to take part in weekly produce stands and cooking demos, eventually constructing educational facilities near the farm. With new menu items consisting of fresh seasonal produce grown locally and sustainably, the Squeaky Bean will reflect its appreciation for fresh food and innovative cocktails for the guests.
Evolution and adaptation is key in growing and building any industry, and the progress that the Squeaky Bean has chosen to strive for is not only respectable, but a return to the originality of food. It’s a relief to know that restaurants, such as the Squeaky Bean, are taking initiative to progress the restaurant industry in a responsible direction. However, not only is there evolution and adaptation with regard to the produce being utilized, but also in personnel as well. Chef Theo Adley, former Executive Chef and Owner of the Pinyon in Boulder with previous culinary stints at Flagstaff House, Frasca Food and Wine, the Little Nell in Aspen, and other establishments of this caliber, has recently accepted the Chef position at the Squeaky Bean. With the Everitt Farm merger, the restaurant and newly acquired Chef has an opportunity to encourage seasonality, which will be a major contribution to the culture of the restaurant.
With their ever-changing menu of seasonal innovation and inspiration, craft cocktails, and a newly renovated bar seating up to twenty guests, the Squeaky Bean is a fresh concept in and of itself. Owner Johnny Balen’s great strides in the progressive attitude and practices of the Squeaky Bean have provided for an innovation that is much need for the a fresh take on the culinary community in Denver. Available for cocktail hour and dinner with a separate bar menu of eclectic snacks, with the addition of Sunday brunch offered until late afternoon, the restaurant is a great selection of downtown Denver.
The Squeaky Bean is located at 1500 Wynkoop St. #101 Denver, CO 80202
Tuesday-Thursday 5-10PM, Friday-Saturday 5-11PM
Cocktail Hour 4-6PM
Sunday Brunch 10AM-3PM
Now for the foodie trivia question to see how educated of a foodie you really are!
What does “GMO” stand for?
The answer to last Tuesday’s blog question: How many television does Stoney’s have in their bar? Answer: 31!