Justin Cucci - (Root Down, Linger, Ophelia's) - Denver

Justin Cucci - (Root Down, Linger, Ophelia's) - Denver

Justin Cucci sits down with The Shift List. A mainstay of the Denver food scene with an ever-growing list of both homegrown and high concept restaurants, including Root Down, Linger, Ophelia’s, El Five, and more.

A New York city native, Justin grew up revering the chefs and culture at the Waverly Inn - a west village dining institution that was owned and operated by his grandparents as a kid.

About the same time, Justin started playing in bands, and continues to do so to this day. He opened Root Down, his first restaurant in Denver, over a decade ago, transforming the building from a gas station to a neighborhood restaurant with a cult following that serves globally-influenced seasonal cuisine, with a focus on organic, natural and locally-sourced ingredients. Root Down features two onsite gardens, which not only provides seasonal vegetables for the restaurant, but for it’s sister restaurants, Linger and Ophelia’s. There’s even a Root Down at Denver International Airport, one of the main reasons to book a long layover in the city.

Justin has infused music into the culture and business of all of his restaurants - each one of their business entities is named after a Steely Dan song, for example, and you’ll find out what each of them are soon. There is plenty of Steely Dan in this episode, so yacht rockers rejoice.

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