New LoDo restaurant opens this summer

LoDo is getting a new restaurant that will serve seasonal, rustic wood-fired dishes.

Avelina, headed by the husband-and-wife team of Executive Chef John Broening and Pastry Chef Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, is opening this summer at 17th and Wazee streets.

"Nothing gives me more satisfaction that our guests leave happy because of the delicious food they ate and the great service they received from the staff," Broening says. "The menu at Avelina will be rustic and seasonal, which is the way I love to cook, and it’s the way I grew up eating."

Avelina will be operated in partnership with Stacey and Kevin Jennings of North Carolina-based Urban Food Group, a multi-concept, multi-unit restaurant ownership company.

"We have enjoyed watching and eating our way through the booming culinary scene in Denver," says Kevin Jennings. "We are thrilled to be afforded the opportunity to join the scene and and to work with such an accomplished team of restaurant professionals. Our vision is for the restaurant to be approachable and comfortable."

Avelina will feature beer from local breweries chosen to highlight the diversity of styles being created in Colorado and to complement the cuisine. Cocktails will be a mix of innovative drinks and updated classics. The wine list will feature food-friendly selections from around the world. The 4,900-square-foot space will seat 75 in the dining room, 40 in the private dining room, 30 in the bar and 25 on the outside patio.

Initially, the restaurant will be open for dinner house and will open for lunch and brunch in the coming months.

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