Sage Restaurant Group Opens Doors to Kachina Southwestern Grill in Denver

Restaurant openings



The restaurant delivers modern Southwestern cuisine

and creative cocktails to Downtown Denver’s new Dairy Block


DENVER, CO (March 28, 2017)— Today, Sage Restaurant Group (SRG) – the Denver-based independent restaurant group dedicated to providing innovative, playful, and locally-driven food and beverage experiences – introduces the second location of Kachina Southwestern Grilla modern Southwestern-inspired restaurant, at Dairy Block in Downtown Denver.


“Kachina Southwestern Grill is a truly unique concept, fusing together authentic flavors of the Southwest for a contemporary dining experience,” says Peter Karpinski, Co-Founder of SRG and Denver resident. “I’m proud to introduce Kachina to Downtown Denver – the restaurant’s inventive menu, cocktails, and unique décor will undoubtedly make it a destination for both local and visiting diners.”  


Under the guidance of Executive Chef Jeff Bolton, who helmed the kitchen of Kachina’s first location in Westminster, the restaurant’s cuisine combines the culinary styles of the American Southwest and New World. Kachina’s in-house butcher program reinforces a native respect for the land in that the whole animal is used in the most creative and succulent manner. The restaurant’s partnerships with Native American tribes, such as Ramona Farms located on the Gila River Indian Reservation in Arizona, and exploration of their unique Southwestern ingredients brings a whole new layer of spice and originality to the menu.


Chef Bolton’s menu begins with Para Mesa, an assortment of larger, shared dishes paying homage to the notions of family and community – both paramount to the culture of native Southwesterners. Guests can choose from traditional selections like Chipotle Shrimp and Waffles made with blue corn and jalapeno waffles and topped with grilled corn salsa and chipotle butter or Crispy Quail Legs, flash fried and served with an achiote buttermilk dressing. From there, diners will find an inspired variety of Soups, Stews & Salads including a rich, layered New Mexican Green Chile.


A signature of Kachina, the Navajo Tacos boast its own menu category, showcasing a number of regional renditions of this classic Native American taco preparation – light, fluffy fry bread, filled with fresh seasonal, local ingredients. Within the Comida section, Bolton presents large-format, regionally-influenced dishes of game, seafood, chicken, and steaks, with standout items including the Clay Baked Trout and New Mexican Enchilada, as well as grilled specialties like the Cowgirl Ribeye, each offered with an array of housemade sauces and accompaniments.


Beyond the kitchen, guests will enjoy a selection of eclectic, Southwestern-inspired margaritas and cocktails created by SRG’s Director of Beverage Operations Brandon Wise. The drink menu features spirited creations such as the Blade Scorpion with Cazadores Reposado, pineapple, lime, green chartreuse, ginger syrup, and scorpion tincture, as well as the Spaghetti Western with Maker’s Mark bourbon, Campari, lemon, cherry tomato, and Tecate. Wise also offers a variety of non-alcoholic agua frescas like the Desert Pear, made with prickly pear puree, lemon juice, raw sugar syrup, and cucumber water.


Designed by New York City-based Crème Design, Kachina’s vibrant space juxtaposes natural indigenous elements with bright colors and contemporary design, paying tribute to the patterns and stunning landscapes of the Southwest, as well as Native American culture. Lined with hanging cactus, plants, and draped string lights, the restaurant features artwork from regional artists, vibrant textiles, Western objects, and Native American artifacts. Located at Denver’s newest urban evolution, Dairy Block, a full-size Airstream trailer brings the food truck experience indoors, offering additional small bites for guests enjoying Kachina’s bar area. An outdoor patio provides guests the opportunity to bring the experience outside, alongside the lively activity of Downtown Denver. 


Kachina Southwestern Grill is located at 1890 Wazee Street, Denver, CO 80202. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. andFriday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Weekend brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit, follow on FacebookInstagram or Twitter; or email


About Sage Restaurant Group

Denver-based Sage Restaurant Group, co-founded by restaurateur Peter Karpinski, creates experiences where food, drink and inspired design meet and mix. These independent restaurants, adjacent to hotels, deliver exceptional catering and in-room dining experiences. With locations across the country, Sage Restaurant Group’s concepts feature a distinctive scene and a subtly infused local vibe designed to appeal to a guest who is hungry for life. For more information, please visit



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