By Colleen O'Connor
If you're someone who likes to be first at the new places, head over to Blue Island Oyster Bar, which opened yesterday in Cherry Creek North.
It's the creation of Concept Restaurants, the team that's also behind Stout Street Social and Humboldt Farm, Fish and Wine.
Executive chef DJ Nagle created a menu that's got a beach-shack vibe, with such dishes as grilled ahi tuna with snap pea salad, sunflower pesto and wasabi greens, or charred octopus with a chorizo vinaigrette.
For those who aren't in the mood for seafood, there are hearty proteins like the Blue Oyster Bar Burger served with Haystack fries.
And, of course, a range of tempting salads.
But oysters are a big player in their culinary game, and the restaurant has built a relationship with oyster diver and farmer Chris Quartuccio, whose Blue Island Oyster Co. in New York supplies many of the top restaurants in that city.
The 100-seat restaurant also has a raw bar with fresh oysters, ceviche, crudo, clams, crab, caviar and lobster.
Blue Island Oyster Bar will be open daily starting at 11 a.m., serving lunch, late afternoon snacks, dinner and late-night eats at the bar.
Happy hour will be weekdays from 3 to 6 pm.
2625 E. Second Ave. 303-333-2462; blueislandoysterbar.com