Seafood restaurant planned in former Thirsty Lion spot in Cherry Creek

The One Group Hospitality, the Denver-based parent of restaurant brands STK Steakhouse and Kona Grill, plans to open a seafood restaurant in Cherry Creek.

One Group will open “the first location for a new concept” at 201 Columbine St, according to design materials submitted to the city earlier this month.

One of the design files was titled “Saltwater Social,” although it wasn’t clear if that would be the final name of the restaurant. HDA Architects principal Angela Feddersen said in a letter to the Cherry Creek North Design Advisory Board on behalf of One Group that the seafood restaurant would incorporate “nautical-themed elements.”

“We are proposing bent aluminum ‘ribs,’ reminiscent of the bones of a fish, which will highlight the entrance and flow across the facades on the east, south and west sides of the building,” Feddersen wrote.

One Group did not respond to requests for comment. NAI Shames Makovsky broker Cory Dulberg represented the landlord in the lease deal.

The space has been vacant since the Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill closed in 2019.

One Group Hospitality has 27 restaurants, including a STK Steakhouse at 1550 Market St. downtown and a Kona Grill in the Cherry Creek Shopping Center.

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