What's on the Menu at New Ping Pong Eatery Ace

After some trial runs this week and a big party on Saturday, Ace, the hotly anticipated Asian eatery and ping pong hall from the creators of Steuben's, will open to the public next Wednesday. Yesterday we took a look around the sweeping space. And today, we take a gander at the menu (below). They'll be serving up bao buns, dim sum like wontons and shumai, tom kha soup, crispy beef, chili prawns, and all manner of spicy and flavorful Asian-inflected dishes. And don't miss the right side of the menu, where all of the cocktails—including group-sized Scorpion Bowls and Liters—live. Read Full Article

Exclusive: Inside Steuben's Monster Ping Pong Eatery Ace

Ace, the ping pong eatery from the creative minds behind Vesta Dipping Grill and Steuben's, will officially debut to the public after months of buzz and anticipation on Wednesday of next week after some trial runs this week and a invite-only party on Saturday. But for those who can't wait to lay eyes on this beauty, here's a tour inside. Read Full Article

The Layman Brothers Reveal The Bar Program at Ace

For reasons beyond their control, bartender twins Randy and Ryan Layman obviously share a lot in common. Unlike some twins, however, they're pretty content with their similarities. They've worked together since their adolescent years at Red Robin, they've played in the same band, they were both alcohol-free until age 24, they've had similar hairstyles — they've even covered their straightedge wrist tattoos with the same black box that resembles the state of Colorado. They're also best friends, and until now, they've shared the same bar at Steuben's. Randy has moved over to manage the new bar at Ace, a ping pong hall and Asian eatery that's opening right next to Steuben's, where Ryan will take the lead. The Laymans found some time to sit down and chat with Eater about the changes during a busy week of staff training at Ace, revealing details about the apothecary-esque bar program. Here now, Eater's interview with the Layman brothers. Read Full Article

The 25 Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings of 2012: No. 25. ACE

Construction is underway at ACE, the Asian eatery/ping pong hall concept from the Steuben's Food Service and Vesta Dipping Grill team. Chef Brandon Biederman tells Eat Drink Denver of the menu, we are "playing around with some really cool juices for Asian-inspired cocktails, and Matt [Selby] and I are messing around with a lot more seafood than we serve at Steuben’s—a lot more fresh food and not a lot of fried comfort food." Read Full Article

Chef Brandon Biederman's Changes at Steuben's, Plus an Update on ACE Restaurant/Ping Pong Hall

It was three years ago today that Steuben's Food Service chef Brandon Beiderman introduced Denver to "Steubie Snacks," and no, he wasn't stoned. Though the deep-fried pork shoulder snacks rolled in powdered sugar have been available at the Steuben's food truck since their creation, Beiderman just added them to the restaurant's menu, along with 17 other dishes. Read Full Article

A Sneak Peek of Ace, Denver's Ping Pong Eatery

Raw, reused, recycled and repurposed — that's Josh Wolkon's design mantra, and as Eater's plywood photos reveal, that's exactly what Wolkon's new project Ace Eat Serve conveys. Wolkon, who's also behind Steuben's Food Service and Vesta Dipping Grill with chefs Matt Selby and Brandon Biederman, says the construction at Ace is in its final stretch. Read Full Article


Ace Eat Serve adds recycled pallet wall

For much of that time, Josh, Selby and Brandon have been traveling across the country doing research: The team settled on Asian fare as a culinary focus, and so they've been hitting dim sum joints, Korean fried chicken havens, Thai restaurants, wing stands, bao houses and more all over New York City and Portland. They're also gearing up for trips to Chicago and Thailand, with a stopover in San Francisco, where they'll eat, drink and garner ideas for additions and tweaks to the menu. Read Full Article

A sneak peek at what might make the menu at Ace

Construction of Ace -- a new ping-pong hall, restaurant and bar that the Steuben's and Vesta Dipping Grill partners hope to open by the end of summer -- has been moving along steadily, thanks to Xan Creative, the design firm tasked with renovating the old Storz Garage space next door to Steuben's. Read Full Article

Steuben's and Vesta partners break ground on Ace, their ping pong project

In the almost-six months since Vesta Dipping Grill and Steuben's restaurateur Josh Wolkon and his cohorts -- including wife Jen, Matt Selby, Brandon and Emily Biederman and Jeff Bustos -- took over the old Storz Garage space next to Steuben's, they've been busily drawing up plans to convert the address into a ping pong hall, bar and restaurant (plus extra space for Steuben's). Read Full Article

Denver Post

Steuben's and Vesta partners break ground on Ace, their ping pong project

Really, Denver — seven pingpong tables in a restaurant?

Really. And Josh Wolkon expects his new establishment, Ace, to open in early fall — right next to his better-known eatery, Steuben's. Read Full Article

UCD Advocate

Summer openings to look forward to

Start practicing your backhand, because in the next few months Ace will be serving up some table tennis along with a tasty meal. The venture is the latest offering from the team behind the comfort food hangout Steuben’s and the highly acclaimed Vesta Dipping Grill, a group that includes Josh and Jen Wolkon, Brandon and Emily Biederman, Matt Selby, and Jeff Bustos.Read Full Article