Don’t try to go to Colt & Gray for the next few days. The whole kitchen walked out.

Colt & Gray. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Colt & Gray. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Colt & Gray. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Colt & Gray is going to be closed through April 29, the restaurant announced yesterday, as it hires a new crew to staff its kitchen.

The Facebook post about the closure say it’s due to “the unforeseen departure of many members of our kitchen staff,” but Eater is calling it a walkout.

The 7-year-old Highland restaurant will use the next five days to find and train new kitchen staff. Ste. Ellie, the adjoining cocktail bar, will remain open.

According to Eater, the old crew walked out mid-day while executive chef and owner Nelson Perkins is away with his kids for spring break. One chef, Tim Ashbaugh, stayed behind along with front-of-the-house staff, and they managed to serve dinner Friday and Saturday night.

And here’s the full announcement from Colt & Gray.

Due to unfortunate circumstances Colt & Gray will be closed for service the week of April 25-29. Our cocktail bar, Ste. Ellie, will remain open if you find yourself in need of a fine cocktail and delicious meal.

We often think of restaurants as investments in food, wine, and the other architectures of service. Sometimes we are reminded that running a restaurant is actually an investment business in our people, and in our guests that grace us with their business, and trust us to feed them an elegant meal at a fair price.

With the unforeseen departure of many members of our kitchen staff, we are taking the opportunity to welcome in a new brigade, to continue to teach the craft, and to provide cooks the opportunity to learn and grow their careers. To our old team: thank you; and we wish you the best of luck in your new endeavors.

Over seven years ago, we opened under the premise that we would throw a rocking dinner party every evening and invite our neighbors into our home. We look forward to continuing that for many more years to come. We look forward to seeing all of our fans when we return to business as usual on May 2.

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers dining and nightlife, and other odds and ends. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes her bourbon straight and has strong opinions about Kanye West. She can be reached at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.