Steamboat Springs restaurateur plans to open new concept in former bistro c.v. space

Scott Franz
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— The bartenders and chefs themselves will be a big part of the entertainment at Phil Armstrong’s newest restaurant in downtown Steamboat Springs.

At Table 79 Foodbar, diners could be treated to the bartender crafting a drink tableside, or a chef carving the meat for their dinner.

The seats will also be arranged so that some diners can look into the goings on of the kitchen.

“We’re opening up the kitchen even more,” Armstrong said Monday. “If there’s not some sort of interactive hospitality element to the restaurant, then I feel like it falls flat.”

Armstrong is hoping to open his new restaurant in the former bistro c.v. space on Lincoln Avenue by Dec. 17.

He said diners should expect to find an atmosphere that is a little bit more casual than his restaurant Aurum, but not informal.

“People keep asking me ‘what is the concept?’” Armstrong said. “Hopefully, it’s just a great restaurant. It’s not Thai, Italian or a steakhouse. I just want it to be a great restaurant.”

Executive chef Patrick Funk, chef de cuisine Natalie Neiderhofer and general manager Nick Crawford will oversee the restaurant.

Armstrong opened Aurum Food & Wine on Yampa Street in May 2014.

He said one of the big reasons he wanted to create a new restaurant was to give more opportunities to the good people who work at his other restaurants.

“My vision for success for a company is for people to never feel like they have to get another job outside of a company,” Armstrong said. “We’re all family here.”

Table 79, which is named as a nod to gold’s (Aurum’s) atomic number, is taking the place of bistro c.v., which enjoyed a nine-year run in Steamboat before it closed in July.

Owners Brian and Katy Vaughn decided to focus their efforts on bringing the LOW Country Kitchen concept they founded in Steamboat to the Front Range.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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