Denver-based interior design firm KTI snagged an award from the American Society of Interior Designers Colorado for its showstopping work on the 9,000-sq.-ft. Guard and Grace, a contemporary Downtown Denver steakhouse that’s owned by chef-restaurateur Troy Guard. “Our goal was to interpret Troy’s vision of a modern progressive steakhouse with mountain and urban influences,” says Kimberly Timmons-Beutner, founder of KTI. The restaurant’s focal point is its sprawling open kitchen exposing a charcuterie station, pasta station and a raw bar gleaming with oysters, shrimp, mussels, crab legs, lobsters and tins of caviar. A sensational soaring wine cellar, shielded by glass, is the centerpiece of the bar and lounge, which doubles as a gathering mecca for social conversation; it also lays claim to a stretch of large windows that allows for streams of natural sunlight. Plush leather booths and banquettes stretch across the space, and rather than mounting the walls with ho-hum artwork, the design firm employed an artist to etch diagrammed cows that mimic a butcher chart.
Best Seat to Take in the View: Book a seat at the raw bar to eyeball the exhibition kitchen, which bustles with hustle, or, for larger parties, reserve one of the crescent-shaped booths (tables 26, 27 and 28) on the elevated platform that have the added benefit of views that survey the entire dining room and kitchen.