West 29th Restaurant & Bar blends the Old World with the New West, delivering French-influenced cuisine in an elegant, Colorado-inspired setting. Featuring two patios, an open kitchen, fireplace and stained glass windows showcasing iconic landscapes, West 29th Restaurant & Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic special occasion, casual Happy Hour or a sunny weekend brunch.
We offer specialty European beers on tap, a well-rounded wine list and menus that rotate seasonally.
Join us for dinner Tuesday through Sunday 5PM-8:30PM. Open ’til 9:30PM Friday and Saturday.
West 29th Restaurant & Bar is a restaurant in the more traditional sense of the word: good food paired with friendly service in a comfortable atmosphere. With the character of a small town European inn combined with the boldness of the Colorado west, West 29th is a great place to gather with friends, have great drinks, terrific fresh food, and a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Entrepreneur and longtime Wheat Ridge resident Bud Starker opened West 29th Restaurant & Bar in 2013, converting a once distressed property into an upscale community hub. Starker had built well over 100 restaurants as founder and president of Starker Construction and longed to provide Wheat Ridge with the type of neighborhood restaurants he encountered while living in Europe. West 29th Restaurant & Bar is sophisticated yet welcoming version of those establishments, offering diners a full-service experience in a comfortable environment.
When he’s not busy running his restaurant or his more than 35-year-old construction business, Starker is running the City of Wheat Ridge. He was elected mayor in 2017 after serving as a city councilman for four years. Starker is also a member of the board of directors for the Denver Regional Council of Governments and chairman of the Metro Mayors Caucus Committee on Housing, Hunger and Homelessness.
The neighborhood revitalization provided by the construction of West 29th Restaurant & Bar earned the eatery the City of Wheat Ridge’s 2013 Community Reinvestment Award. The restaurant was also named Business of the Year by the City in 2016.
Starker, who earned a degree in political science from the University of Colorado, lives blocks away from the restaurant with his wife Mary.
Chef Cory Matthews has helmed the kitchen at West 29th Restaurant & Bar since 2015.
A graduate of the International Culinary Center (formerly the French Culinary Institute) in Manhattan, Matthews brings more than 17 years of experience to his role.
He began his career in his hometown of Casper, Wyoming, first launching the Fire Rock Steakhouse and then serving in the kitchen at the Casper Country Club.
Matthews has also served as a sous chef for several country clubs in Colorado, including the Denver Country Club, the Club at Rolling Hills and Red Rocks Country Club. Matthews develops menus that utilize his classical French cooking techniques.
David Grant is a 30-year veteran of the hospitality industry, who has trained under some of the top professionals in the restaurant business. Over the years, he has utilized his knowledge of wine, fine dining and detailed service to obtain management positions at a range of top-tier establishments, including Manhattan’s China Grill, the Troutbeck Estate in upstate New York, The Inn of the Anasazi, Rio Chama, and La Casa Sena in Santa Fe, NM, and Tatanka Western Bistro in Aspen. He has also created and designed cocktail menus for several restaurants in Edinburgh, Scotland.
He recently returned to the United States after earning his master’s degree in Social Anthropology & Sustainable Development from the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland.
He has traveled throughout Europe and Asia working for UNICEF, with long stints in Tuscany, Italy, where he enjoyed excellent hospitality, food and wine on a daily basis. It is his hope to bring some of that European charm to Wheat Ridge.