The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Colleen O’Con­nor

Restau­ra­teur Michael Still­man will open a Den­ver lo­ca­tion of his pop­u­lar New York restau­rant, Qual­ity Ital­ian, this year in the $70 mil­lion Hal­cyon ho­tel at 245 Columbine St. in Cherry Creek North.

Michael Still­man grew up in the restau­rant busi­ness — his dad, Alan Still­man, founded TGI Fri­days and Smith & Wol­len­sky.

Still­man de­vel­oped var­i­ous steak­house con­cepts, start­ing with Qual­ity Meats, a rus­tic New Amer­i­can steak­house, then added Qual­ity Ital­ian and Qual­ity Eats in New York’s West Vil­lage, where no steak is more than $30.

Qual­ity Meats re­cently ex­panded to Mi­ami Beach, Fla. Den­ver will be the first city out­side of New York to have a Qual­ity Ital­ian steak­house.

“We’ve tried to com­bine the el­e­ments of a tra­di­tional midcen­tury, ’50s steak­house, like The Palm, with clas­sic Ital­ian-Amer­i­can (cui­sine) and a mod­ern aes­thetic, ” he said.

At Hal­cyon, Qual­ity Ital­ian Den­ver joins De­par­tures, Sage Hos­pi­tal­ity’s Asian-themed restau­rant.

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