Two new dining concepts are set to open in June 2020, coinciding with the first reopening phase of the Martin Building. With expanded offerings, including a restaurant and a quick-service café, museum visitors will have more space and more choices during their museum visit.
Through a collaboration with James Beard Award winner and celebrated Denver chef Jennifer Jasinski, the concept of The Ponti was born. Serving as the restaurant’s consulting chef, Jasinski will develop menu concepts, as well as help select and train the restaurant’s culinary staff. The Ponti will combine art and dining, presenting a locally-sourced and inspired menu with high standards of sustainability. The Ponti’s distinctive offerings will include an emphasis on vegetables, utilizing ancient grains and heirloom legumes, complemented by handmade pastas, fish, and meat. The seasonal menus offered at The Ponti will align with the high standards of sourcing and sustainability for which Jasinski is known. Designed by Denver-based firm BOSS.architecture in collaboration with Jessica Doran Interiors, The Ponti will boast an expansive outdoor terrace, as well as indoor public and private dining spaces spanning a total of 3,715 square feet.
In addition to The Ponti, the museum will offer quick service casual dining at Café Gio. With visitor spaces also designed by BOSS.architecture and Jessica Doran Interiors, Café Gio will be located across the main hall from The Ponti on level one of the welcome center. Patrons of the café will be able to enjoy both indoor and outdoor seating, with a 1,273-square-foot interior, and a 1,088-square-foot terrace. Café Gio will be open seven days a week during regular museum hours.