May 10, 2010

Profile: The Squeaky Bean in Denver, Colorado

Profile: The Squeaky Bean
  • Maxwell Mackissock, Chef
  • 3301 Tejon St., Denver, CO 80211
  • 303.284.0053
Exterior of The Squeaky Bean in Denver
Photos courtesy The Squeaky Bean
Examiner: What makes your establishment unique?
Maxwell: The unique thing about the Squeaky Bean is the casual, laid back ambiance.  We work very hard to avoid pretentiousness on any level.

Examiner:  What is a little known factoid about your place?
Maxwell: Something that not everyone knows about the Squeaky Bean is our farm stand that we have every Thursday during the growing season.   We are in partnership with a farm in Longmont, Colorado called Aspen Moon Farms.  The farmer Jason Griffith comes to the restaurant on Thursdays and sells the same beautiful produce that he sells to us, right on our patio.  I love it and more importantly the neighborhood loves it.

Examiner:  What is your specialty?
Maxwell: I always have a hard time answering this question since we don't necessarily cook a specific ethnicity of food.  I come from French heritage, and grew up cooking Italian.  That said I probably use Mediterranean flavors and techniques more that anything else.
Examiner:  What is your patrons' favorite thing about your establishment? What's your favorite?
Maxwell: I feel that patrons really appreciate the fact that we do three services everyday.  It can be hard to find interesting food before lunch time, and we try hard to give that to our neighborhood.  Come in the morning for great coffee and a party, then come back for dinner for a totally different experience.

Examiner: Anything new on the horizon that people can look forward to trying?
Maxwell: We are beginning the process of expanding our kitchen.  We are very limited with the equipment that we currently have.  Hopefully in a few months the kitchen will be completed and we can take the food to different levels for all of our services.

Interior of The Squeaky Bean
Examiner:  What is the top thing you recommend visitors to your city do/see - besides your business, of course?
Maxwell: A great day in Denver would be to rent Beach Cruisers and ride all over the city eating, having fun, and seeing the sites. Denver is really easy to get around on a bicycle with a great network of bike paths, and bike lanes.  At night go to Red Rocks Amphitheatre and see a show.  It is my favorite music venue in the world.

This article is part of a travel series profiling chefs, owners, managers and people behind the scenes of restaurants, hotels and other things of interest to tourists and locals alike across the Western US. These profiles also include a local favorite thing to see or do from the person at the helm in addition to him or her sharing the local flavor of their place.


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