Introducing the first Stars of the MICHELIN Guide Colorado

  • Five restaurants receive a MICHELIN Star in inaugural selection
  • Colorado bursts onto scene with four MICHELIN Green Stars
  • Nine Bib Gourmand, plus four Special Awards, also awarded
  • 44 total restaurants, 15 cuisine types reflected in state Guide


DENVER, Sept. 12, 2023 — The MICHELIN Guide officially has made its debut in Colorado with five One-MICHELIN-Star establishments and four MICHELIN Green Star restaurants.

Brutø and The Wolf’s Tailor each were awarded one MICHELIN Star, plus a MICHELIN Green Star.

The full selection, including Bib Gourmand restaurants and Recommended eateries, totals 44 restaurants. Chefs and restaurant teams were honored Tuesday night at the Mission Ballroom in Denver.

“This is a proud moment for Colorado and for the MICHELIN Guide, with five MICHELIN- Starred restaurants highlighting the state’s debut selection of restaurants,” said Gwendal Poullennec, the International Director of the MICHELIN Guides. “It’s quite an impressive feat for a debut selection to include so many MICHELIN Green Stars. Our famously anonymous inspectors were wowed by these restaurants’ high-quality, local ingredients, sourced seasonally and sustainably. It’s a very exciting time for the culinary community here, and we feel the momentum growing.”

Here are the new One-MICHELIN-Star restaurants, with inspector notes from each (Inspectors’ comments in full on the MICHELIN Guide website and mobile app):


Beckon (Denver; Contemporary cuisine)

More than just a name, it’s an ethos at this ambitious RiNo dining room from Chef Duncan Holmes where staff warmly welcome you. Once inside this Scandi-cool space, diners pull up a chair at the 18-seat counter facing the kitchen where a focused team is hard at work. The multicourse contemporary tasting menu rotates quarterly (think harvest-themed in the fall). This kitchen offers far from typical dishes. Seared quail breast with a confit leg is spot on, especially when sided by creamed kale made with sunflower seeds and a quail reduction.

Bosq (Aspen; Contemporary cuisine)

At this singular enclave, Chef Barclay Dodge and his team are executing seasonally inspired cooking that focuses on foraging, fermenting and local farms. The menu format allows diners to customize their own tasting of four or more courses. From hand-picked spruce tips to butter from locally sourced cooperative dairy cows, this is a concept that pays attention to details — even ingredients from farther afield, like lobster from New England, gets a hit of local flavor from being grilled over juniper wood.

Brutø (Denver; Mexican/Contemporary cuisine)

Chef Michael Diaz de Leon runs the show here, where the team takes a serious approach to locality and seasonality, not only in the produce but also the grains, which they mill or nixtamalize in-house. The mastery of the hearth as the primary cooking implement makes this operation special, and it infuses each of the tasting menu’s courses with distinct notes. The menu, which is Mexican at its core, has a clear narrative, and is perhaps best displayed in lamb prepared two ways — as a street-style taco and ground lamb leg kushiyaki with a quenelle of mole chichilo.

Frasca Food and Wine (Boulder; Italian cuisine)

All are treated as special guests here, where Chef Ian Palazzola’s cooking is Italian, but in a hyper-specific way: It’s the food of the northeast Italian region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. You’ll find pasta and seafood on the prix fixe and tasting menus, but Slavic and Alpine elements also appear. Focused and distinct, the menu might showcase a lesser-known part of Italy, but the ingredients are clearly Coloradan. The plates are beguiling with a minimal, straightforward approach, as in cjalson, half- moon fresh spinach pasta pockets filled with an English pea and potato purée.

The Wolf’s Tailor (Denver; Contemporary cuisine)

With culinary stylings as singular as its name, this charmer stands apart from the pack. Chef Taylor Stark shepherds a creative multicourse menu that abounds with personality, boasting a unique, genre-defying style that draws variously from Nordic, Italian and East Asian cuisines, but nonetheless feels focused and cohesive. Although the menu shifts throughout the year to explore different themes, diners will find a common thread in cooking that highlights ingredients while displaying technical precision and harmonious flavors, with fermentation a frequent motif.


Blackbelly Market (Boulder; American cuisine)

Initiatives: full utilization of every ingredient and animal, most of which are butchered in-house; sourcing from local ranches and farms that apply natural practices to everything they cultivate; herbs and flowers for plates grown on property.

Bramble & Hare (Boulder; American cuisine)

Initiatives: organic farm with 70 acres growing more than 250 varieties of vegetables, herbs and grain, which is ground into flour on a stone mill; an acre of chamomile for restaurant use; 360 acres of pasture for raising heritage sheep and pigs.

Brutø (Denver; Mexican/Contemporary cuisine)

Initiatives: zero-waste ethos; fermentation program to create umami-based ingredients; house-milled grains grown in Colorado; hyper-local sourcing; partnership with Zero Foodprint to help reduce carbon footprint and carbon emissions.

The Wolf’s Tailor (Denver; Contemporary cuisine)

Initiatives: zero-waste mentality; local apple cider vinegar project; recycling bread waste into sourdough gochujang; contract farming to grow heirloom wheat for flour on organic, regeneratively farmed land; on-site pollinator garden; certified sustainable foraging program. 

Bib Gourmand

The MICHELIN Guide Inspectors identified nine restaurants to award the Bib Gourmand designation, which recognizes eateries for great food at a great value: AJ’s Pit Bar-B- Q, Ash’Kara, Basta, The Ginger Pig, Glo Noodle House, Hop Alley, La Diabla Pozole y Mezcal, Mister Oso and Tavernetta.

MICHELIN Special Awards

In addition to the Bib Gourmand and Stars, the Guide announced four Special Awards:

The MICHELIN Guide Ceremony is presented with the support of Capital One.


The restaurants join the MICHELIN Guide selection of hotels, which features the most unique and exciting places to stay in Colorado and throughout the world.

Each hotel in the selection has been chosen by MICHELIN Guide experts for its extraordinary style, service, and personality — with options for all budgets — and each can be booked directly through the MICHELIN Guide website and app. The selection for Colorado features the state’s most spectacular hotels, including upscale outdoor campsites like Collective Vail, standouts from our “Plus” collection like the Source Hotel and the Crawford Hotel in Denver, refurbished motels like Amigo Motor Lodge, and rehabilitated wilderness ghost towns like Dunton Hot Springs.

The MICHELIN Guide is a benchmark in gastronomy. Now it’s setting a new standard for hotels. Visit the MICHELIN Guide website, or download the free app for iOS and Android, to discover every restaurant in the selection and book an unforgettable hotel.

The 2023 MICHELIN Guide Colorado selection:

Colorado’s 2023 MICHELIN-Starred restaurants

Colorado’s 2023 MICHELIN-Green-Starred restaurants

Colorado’s 2023 Bib Gourmand restaurants

Colorado’s 2023 Recommended restaurants


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Sadis & Goldberg LLP, led by Partners Jonathan Bernstein and Robert Cromwell, represented Point Pickup Technologies Inc. (“Point Pickup”), a portfolio company of BBH Capital Partners (“BBH”), in its merger with Pickup Now, Inc. (“Pickup Now”). Sadis concurrently handled a pre-closing reorganization and an offering of secured convertible promissory notes for Point Pickup. 

The Sadis deal team consisted of Mr. Bernstein and Mr. Cromwell, Paul J. Marino (Partner, Head of Corporate M&A), Seth Lebowitz (Partner, Tax), and Samantha Romano (Associate).

“We were pleased to assist Point Pickup in negotiating and navigating all transactions simultaneously and look forward to supporting Point Pickup post-merger,” said Mr. Bernstein.

“Our deal team, led by Jonathan Bernstein and Robert Cromwell, artfully handled a variety of multifaceted issues in connection with a merger transaction. They also harmonized all of the external demands one expects when dealing with complex issues and sophisticated clients like Don Hardie and Jin Kim of BBH,” said Mr. Marino; “I couldn’t be more pleased by the outcome for our client and the effort by the entire Sadis team.”

“The merger of the two companies puts our combined organization at the forefront of the future of last mile delivery and offers a comprehensive solution for customers across many verticals,” said Dauvin Peterson, President and Chief Analytics Officer at Point Pickup. Mr Peterson added, “The team at Sadis afforded both companies the ability to work towards a complex transaction closing, continue operating normally as well as planning integration strategy.”

Point Pickup is a leading enterprise-focused same-day delivery service provider for top retailers nationwide, while incorporating what had been Pickup Now’s specialty in simplifying delivery logistics, especially for bulkier retail items.

BBH Capital Partners, a private equity strategy of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., provides friendly capital solutions to growth-oriented middle-market companies. BBHCP has the flexibility to act as a control or non-control investor and to structure investments as a combination of equity and subordinated debt securities, as needed. BBHCP’s capital used to support a variety of transactions, including management or leveraged buyouts, growth financings, recapitalizations, buy-and-build strategies, and acquisitions.

Sadis & Goldberg maintains a diverse, business-oriented practice focused on corporate law, mergers & acquisitions, investment funds, litigation, real estate, regulatory, tax and ERISA. Drawing on the experience and depth of our attorneys in these distinct areas, we can leverage each attorney’s industry specific knowledge to help our clients succeed. This collaborative approach brings to the table a collective insight that contributes to sensible, efficient resolutions, and allows us to remain attentive to the cost and time sensitivities that may be involved.

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LexisNexis® Canada Legal Generative AI Survey Shows Over Half of the Legal Profession Believe Generative AI Will Significantly Transform the Practice of Law

Generative AI tech usage is being driven at a much higher rate by legal professionals compared to consumers – with expectations of AI use for research, communication, and drafting documents.

TORONTO, September 6, 2023 – LexisNexis® Legal & Professional, a leading global provider of legal information and analytics, released the results of its Canadian Legal Generative AI Survey. LexisNexis Canada Inc. surveyed over 1,952 people, including 610 lawyers, 148 law students, and 1,194 consumers in Canada to better understand the overall awareness of generative AI, how the legal profession is currently using these tools, and how likely they are to adopt them in the future.

This report provides insights into the awareness, usage, impact, potential, and ethical considerations surrounding generative AI (GAI), as well as how it may impact the relationships between counsel and their clients and the education of new lawyers.

Awareness of Generative AI

The survey results show that there is an extremely high level of awareness among lawyers with 93% stating they have heard of it. In fact, lawyers have become aware of GAI at a much higher rate than the public; only 66% of consumers have reported they have heard of GAI tools, such as ChatGPT.

Potential Use of Generative AI

More than half of all lawyers (52%) and over two thirds of law students (68%) have already used it either personally or professionally. Consumers have used GAI at a slightly lower rate, with 37% already having used GAI tools either personally or professionally.

Potential use is also aligned with those currently in use by early adopting lawyers, with researching matters (59%) in the top spot. While 42% are currently using generative AI to understand new legal concepts, only 35% see the potential for that use case. The same is true for writing emails (57% are using currently yet only 46% see potential)

“We are excited to see the level of interest in Generative AI among our customers.” said Alan Votary – Head of Product, Canada. “This survey helps us understand their perceptions of this new technology, and the insights gained here will help us focus future product development, to deliver better outcomes for legal professionals.”

Potential Impact of Generative AI

When asked what impact generative AI will have on the practice of law, over half the legal market (51%) and law students (56%) believe it will significantly transform the practice of law, with nearly all believing it will have some impact.

Ethics Regarding Generative AI

A very high percentage of the legal market and law students (90%) are concerned about the ethical implications of generative AI, (with 37% of the legal market, and 39% of law students responding that their concerns are at least “significant”). However only a very few members of the legal market (6%) and law students (8%) say their concerns are fundamental.

These findings reinforce the fact that legal professionals desire to work with trusted and ethical companies as they explore and adopt generative AI solutions in their work.

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