The legendary Trail Dust Steak House is biting the dust — literally.
The eatery known for its tasty sirloins — and for cutting off men's ties if they were foolish enough to wear them into the restaurant - is being demolished this week.
About to rise in its place: ViewHouse 2.0, a Centennial version of the popular ViewHouse restaurant located in LoDo.
Construction work on ViewHouse 2.0 is slated to begin next month and the new restaurant plans an early summer opening.
Corri Spiegel, Centennial's economic development manager, said city officials are “really excited” about the new restaurant coming to Centennial. “This is really going to be a great addition to the city,” Spiegel added.
Located at 7101 S. Clinton St. just east of I-25 between Arapahoe and Dry Creek roads, ViewHouse 2.0 will be a larger version of the original Denver ViewHouse, which opened in the spring of 2013 at 2015 Market St. near Coors Field.
The Centennial restaurant will be built on the lot occupied for more than three decades by the Trail Dust, which closed in December 2009. A sign posted at the Trail Dust's entrance warned, “Danger: Neckties enter at own risk.”
View House owner François Safieddine has designed ViewHouse 2.0 to take full advantage of the lot's spectacular mountain views.
The new 16,000-square-foot bistro will offer rooftop dining, outdoor activities similar to those from the flagship location and two large banquet rooms for private parties and events.
The two-story restaurant will have floor-to-ceiling glass windows, skylights, fire pits, water features and a large number of TVs tuned to sporting events.
The owner says the bar and food offerings will be adjusted to accommodate the new location's demographic, including an expanded menu with more focus on entrees that provide a dining atmosphere conducive to casual entertainment.
According to its website, the restaurant's concept “is firmly rooted in superior quality, locally sourced organic foods created by Chef Jose Guerrero.”