When The Squeaky Bean closed last June, we saw the silver lining with the continuation of co-owner Joshua Olsen’s urban farm. However, for nearly a year, the beautifully renovated Saddlery building remained empty. Come this summer, that will change. Chow Morso, known for its outpost in Avanti Food & Beverage, will take over the 15th and Wynkoop spot with its first full-sized brick and mortar. The fast-casual Italian concept from the owners of Barolo Grill will add Osteria to its name to signify the growth of its offerings.
At Chow Morso Osteria you’ll find a full-service bar and an Italian beverage program with a wide selection of affordable wines. The food will still focus on classic fresh made Italian pasta dishes like linguini and clams, bolognese and mushroom tagliatelle as well as piadinas (Italian flatbread sandwiches) served for lunch.
“Chow Morso Osteria offers guests a full-service experience between fine dining and fast casual,” said Ryan Fletter, founder of the Barolo Group. “With the culinary prowess of the award-winning Barolo Grill team and the creative Italian street food at Chow Morso, we’re excited to introduce a concept that combines the best of both worlds. Chow Morso Osteria gives guests a chance to take everything they love about Chow Morso at Avanti and enjoy it in an expanded format and in a more intimate environment in the Union Station neighborhood.”
In the kitchen, you’ll find Darrel Truett steering the ship as culinary executive director. He plans on splitting his time between Chow Morso Osteria and Barolo Grill. Fletter will then select the affordable wine menu for a well-rounded experience.
The exact opening date (beyond sometime this summer), as well as specific hours, have not been announced. The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner once its doors are open.