Italian Eatery “Emilia” to Occupy Ground Floor of The Current

The Current. Credit: Schnitzer West

The acclaimed proprietors of Restaurant Olivia, lauded by the Michelin Guide and celebrated as one of Denver’s premier dining destinations, have announced their latest venture, Emilia. Nestled in Denver’s River North District in a 3,700-square-foot space on the ground floor of The Current — a 12-story office development currently under construction — Emilia is anticipated to open in 2025.

“We are delighted to welcome the creators of Restaurant Olivia, renowned as a culinary destination in Denver, to The Current,” shared Doug Zabel, regional investment partner at Schnitzer West, the real estate investment company that developed The Current. “Opening their new endeavor, Emilia, in the heart of the RiNo neighborhood, not only highlights the area’s vibrant community but also sets the stage for Emilia to become Denver’s hottest dining destination. Given the unparalleled success of Restaurant Olivia, we anticipate Emilia will draw epicureans from near and far to experience its exceptional cuisine and ambiance right here at The Current.”

Emilia will represent a heartfelt ode to Italy, drawing inspiration from the diverse regions of the country with a special emphasis on Emilia-Romagna. This particular region is renowned for its rich culinary and wine-making traditions.

Co-owners Chef Ty Leon, Austin Carson and Heather Morrison are thrilled to collaborate once again in the launch of Emilia. Chef Leon, recognized for his creative and exquisitely prepared dishes, will guide the culinary journey. Carson will work alongside two beloved Restaurant Olivia leaders, Bar Director Erika Copeland and Wine Director Scott Thomas, to curate Emilia’s innovative bar program and wine list, which will be comprised of iconic Italian producers. Completing the dining experience, co-owner Heather Morrison will infuse Emilia with the same warm and inviting hospitality that has become her signature at Olivia.

“While at Restaurant Olivia, we pride ourselves in blending Italian cuisine with global flavors, Emilia will be a pure tribute to Italy,” Chef Leon said. “We plan to feature a selection of antipasti, handmade pastas and delightful dolci, including house-made gelati. We are also excited to bring some of the beloved favorites from Restaurant Olivia to the table, reimagined with a twist that pays homage to Italy’s rich culinary diversity.” 

Building on Restaurant Olivia’s success, the team is dedicated to expanding their impact by opening another welcoming restaurant driven by leaders committed to positive change. They believe this approach not only elevates the restaurant industry but also strengthens the community. 

“We have always believed that warm, gracious hospitality toward both our guests and our team has the power to make the world a better place. Our service will embody this philosophy, ensuring every guest feels the heart and soul of Italy from the moment they step inside,” Morrison said. “Moreover, we will remain committed to sustainability, ensuring that our operations at both Olivia and Emilia minimize environmental impact and promote like-minded purveyors, all while maintaining the highest quality of service and cuisine.”

While in the beginning stages of this journey, the team will share updates through Restaurant Olivia’s social media channels. People are also welcome to subscribe to the Restaurant Olivia newsletter for the latest developments. 

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