Salvage Restaurant Opens To Rave Reviews

There is an exciting new restaurant at the iconic location of the former Summit Steakhouse in Aurora, now called Salvage Restaurant. The eatery is garnering rave reviews even if the new owners, Stephen and Hopi Mondale, admit the name and the trademark of the raven are controversial.

Stephen and Hopi bought the landmark restaurant The Summit Steakhouse on May 1 of this year. The restaurant was known throughout the metropolitan Denver area but its glory days were in the past. The couple wanted to save the very best of The Summit while modernizing the building and updating the menu. The name “Salvage” seemed to fit what they were trying to accomplish, i.e. taking the very best of an item that had come to the end of its useful life and utilizing those retained portions to create something truly new, beautiful and unique.

The raven image was chosen because it represents to them a protector, a teacher and a sign of great prosperity. Ravens are known to collect treasures for their nests including shiny objects and coins. Salvage has retained the tremendous steak entrees that The Summit was known for, while adjusting the prices. In addition, the Mondales retained The Summit’s famous escargot dish that attracted diners from across the metropolitan area. Lobster tails are still available in plenitude. Another gem that the Mondales have retained is the amazing wait staff from The Summit, many of whom have served guests for up to 37 years, including: Donna Masoni, 37 years; Tracie Johnson, 29 years; and Patty O’Neill, 27 years.

They have added less expensive items from brick chicken, pork chops, vegetarian dishes and even mac and cheese and hamburgers.

“Our new menu is what we like to call premium casual,” said Hopi Mondale, owner of Salvage Restaurant. “We are excited to have rolled out this menu to such rave reviews.”

They have instituted a “happy hour” from 3 p.m. ’til 7 p.m. where all regular drinks, wines and beers are at half price and there is even a half price hors d’oeuvres menu.

On Saturdays and Sundays an extraordinary brunch offering is available which includes bottomless mimosas and nine different types of eggs benedict. A favorite is called “The Welli” which features Beef Wellington and Crab.

The Mondales have invested their entire life savings into the restaurant, upgrading every facet of the building from the bathrooms to the state of the art heating and air-conditioning. There are separate rooms for private events able to seat guests from a couple dozen up to 100. The outdoor patio seats 40 people and with the aid of heating it’s open year-round weather permitting.

There is plenty of parking with 45 off street parking spaces. Salvage is open 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. on weekends.

Salvage Restaurant is located at 2700 S. Havana. For more information, call Salvage Restaurant at 303-751-2112 or visit the website

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