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Like a big hug at the end of a long day.

With one arm around modern home-cooking and the other out-stretched around a chic, ambient, fire-lit setting, Second Home Kitchen + Bar delivers modern American home cooking with spins on timeless favorites. In a space that evokes a sense of style and ease, Second Home offers an honest menu accompanied by an abundant selection of hand-crafted American micro-brews and international wines – without pretense and with all the comforts of home. Second Home puts both the main kitchen and a large in-house rotisserie to work to offer a complex, yet familiar semblance of meat, poultry and fish dishes. A variety of artisanal pizzas arrive straight from the restaurant’s brick oven to the table and side dishes are classic accompaniments to the comforts found in each and every meal. Relax in a setting that recalls cozy weekend getaways, while indulging in the fine food of a cosmopolitan restaurant. In no time at all, you’ll be calling this urban retreat your second home.

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General Manager, Food & Beverage

Megan McGinness

A dedicated team member of Sage Restaurant Group since 2008, Megan McGinness makes Second Home Kitchen + Bar in Denver, CO feel like a true home. She encourages staff to exceed guests’ expectations through exceptional and attentive service, further generating the feeling of home comfort. “My overall approach to management is to create a united team that is willing look for creative ways to improve the business,” she says. “My style is direct, honest, and accommodating. I like to encourage people to make their own decisions and then support them throughout the process.”

McGinness identified the potential of team empowerment when she first began her restaurant career with Sage Restaurant Group. As a wine steward at Urban Farmer in Portland, OR, she was encouraged by her managers to unite her love of hospitality with her penchant for wine, discovering how to guide guests and offer selections that complemented the menu and please people’s palates.  She also had the opportunity to help build the wine program to highlight Oregon’s distinctive offerings and increase Urban Farmer’s visibility as a destination for great local and regional wines.

In 2010, McGinness helped open Toasted Oak, developing the adjacent wine market concept and overseeing the build-out. Soon after, she stepped into the senior restaurant manager position at The Corner Office in Denver, CO. While in this new leadership role, she had the opportunity to train and mentor a new manager. “To teach someone to rise to another level is so inspiring, and it keeps me growing and challenging myself,” she says.

McGinness served as director of operations at Second Home Kitchen + Bar in Denver from November 2011 until rejoining Toasted Oak as general manager in January 2013. During her tenure there, she introduced and executed original promotions to boost the restaurant’s profile. Most notably, she collaborated with the executive chef to create a partnership with the American Lamb Board, launching the Shepherd to Chef Program that highlighted Colorado lamb on the menu. McGinness rejoined the team at Second Home Kitchen + Bar in January 2014.

Aside from keeping tabs on the latest local winery, distillery, and brewery news in her spare time, McGinness enjoys spending time outdoors fishing, hiking, and snowshoeing. McGinness’ passion for hospitality also extends to travel, which includes visits to the Willamette Valley, where she helped plant a friend’s vineyard in 2006.


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