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Denver's Modern Steakhouse Restaurant

Urban Farmer Denver is a modern steakhouse bringing “rural chic” to life in the heart of Denver just steps away from the revitalized Union Station.

Our Denver steakhouse focuses on in-house whole animal butchering and ways to use the entire animal throughout the menu. A communal charcuterie station offers guests an interactive and engaging space in which to ‘meet their meat.’

Urban Farmer, Denver’s Steakhouse is located in Denver’s lower Downtown neighborhood at 17th and Wazee, adjacent to The Oxford Hotel. In addition to our Urban Farmer Denver Steakhouse, Urban Farmer has restaurants in Portland, Cleveland, and Philadelphia.

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General Manager

TROY CHRISTIAN

Troy Christian, General Manager at Urban Farmer Denver, is a long time member of the Sage Restaurant Group (SRG) family and a veteran of restaurant and hospitality management. Prior to his position at Urban Farmer Denver, Troy was the General Manager at SRG’s Urban Farmer in Cleveland, OH and Philadelphia, PA, and, before that, at The Original Dinerant in Portland, OR. Troy is well-versed in SRG’s commitment to creating unique and authentic dining experiences that infuse the local community’s vibe and culture. At Urban Farmer Denver, Troy will continue his dedication to this restaurant philosophy.

Troy has a passion for all things local, a keen entrepreneurial spirit, and many years of management and ownership experience to compliment the prolific culinary landscape in Denver. With Urban Farmer Denver, Troy brings a new model of a “Denver steakhouse” and creates a special place for guests that will remain top of mind when locals entertain, relax or celebrate.

“I approach my operations from the guest’s and employee’s perspective as much as possible,” explains Christian. “My goal is to create a proud, successful team and a dining experience for diners that is truly memorable, each and every time they visit us.”

When not at the restaurant, Troy can be found spending time outdoors with his family.

Executive Chef

CHRIS STARKUS

As Executive Chef of Urban Farmer in Denver, Chris Starkus curates a locally focused, sustainably sourced steakhouse menu influenced by the bounty of Colorado. Starkus highlights his seasonally-driven menu with nose-to-tail cuts of naturally-raised meat, executed with finely honed French techniques. Overseeing the whole animal butchery in-house, charcuterie program, and more, he also enjoys tending to the restaurant’s rooftop apiary and patio garden. In addition to growing mushrooms, microgreens, and sprouted grains. Inspired by America’s European ancestry, Starkus unites ingredients grown on-site with those harvested from closely regarded purveyors to offer rustic brunch, lunch, and dinner preparations with bold, straightforward flavors.

Like his culinary style, the chef’s approach to management favors authenticity and transparency. In any interaction with people, guest or employee, Starkus emulates the golden rule, operating with mutual respect to create satisfying and engaging experiences. “The guest comes first, always,” he says. “Thanks to them, I get to do what I love most.”

That love for cuisine developed during his upbringing in Santa Clarita, CA, thanks to the influence of his great grandmother, Mini, and grandmother, Mary. The matriarchs’ from-scratch family meals—a tradition of their Italian heritage— showcased the seasonality of California’s local farm stands, solidifying the importance of mindful sourcing in Starkus’s developing culinary mind. The aspiring chef took his first job at a local restaurant when he was 15, cycling through every station from dishwasher to host to prep cook and expediter. During a visit to his grandmother in Las Vegas, he toured a culinary school and enrolled on the spot, relocating to Sin City after graduating high school.

After completing his culinary studies in 2001, Starkus found work at Wolfgang Puck’s Chinois, and a year later, he made his way onto the opening team of Puck’s Postrio Las Vegas, first as tournant and later as assistant pastry chef, a yearlong apprenticeship position.

Craving more experience, Starkus looked to Renoir in The Mirage and took an apprenticeship under Chef Alexandro Stratta. When Stratta opened his eponymous restaurant, ALEX, at the Wynn Las Vegas, Starkus followed, elevating his culinary devotions, taking on additional operational roles, and mastering whole-animal butchery. With Starkus on the team, ALEX earned numerous accolades including an AAA Five Diamond rating and two Michelin stars. In the wake of ALEX’s success, Starkus’ mentor opened STRATTA, which Starkus helped design and lead as assistant executive chef. During the same time, he studied for and earned his Level One certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Armed with high-stakes culinary experience, Starkus relocated to Portland, OR in 2009 to work as a private chef. The position allowed him time to study organic gardening at Oregon Tilth, and then use his horticulture expertise to plant gardens for himself and his clients while tuning in to the natural offerings of the Pacific Northwest. In 2011, eager to rejoin the energetic restaurant environment, Starkus returned to Sin City and joined Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood as chef de cuisine, amplifying his devotion to sourcing seafood, meat, and other ingredients from responsible sources.

The sustainably minded chef returned to Portland in 2013 to join the flagship Urban Farmer restaurant, pulling together his devotion to authentic ingredients and his acutely honed culinary techniques to turn exquisitely grown food into creative yet straightforward cuisine bursting with the natural flavors of the Pacific Northwest. His experience and dedication to the brand made him an obvious choice for the opening Executive Chef at Urban Farmer’s fourth location in Denver. Since joining the Sage Restaurant Group team, Starkus has competed on Food Network’s Chopped, and has even studied beekeeping at Oregon State University, contributing to his work on the restaurant’s rooftop apiary.

When he is not creating garden-fresh steakhouse fare at Urban Farmer, Starkus retreats to his homestead where he tends to plants, bees, and chickens. He also enjoys kayaking and cycling, often with his wife and their two kids.

 

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