This aerial drawing shows the location of the soon-to-be built Sierra Grill in the northeast corner of RidgeGate Commons and the partially excavated area in the southeast corner where the Marriot TownePlace will be located.
By Patte Smith; architectural renderings courtesy of the City of Lone Tree and BOSS Architecture
Two new projects will soon be underway on land that is adjacent to the Cabela’s store in Lone Tree. City Council approved the Sierra Grill restaurant and the Marriott TownePlace Suites hotel with plans to break ground in early 2016 and open in mid-to-late summer.
The 8,445 square-foot Sierra Grill will be located at 10674 Cabela Drive on the crest of the hill on the northwest corner of the Cabela’s lot. The restaurant will feature high-quality, homemade American cuisine and may also include an element of Mexican fare. The complete menu is still being determined.
William and Mark Brinkerhoff, owners of the well-known La Loma Mexican restaurant in northwest Denver and the new Sierra Grill purchased the land from Coventry Development after several years of planning the new restaurant. “This is a great location and we are excited to open a unique culinary gathering place for families, friends, business people, and visitors to Lone Tree,” stated Mark Brinkerhoff.
The Brinkerhoffs envision that the restaurant will be “a unique and upscale, yet casual and comfortable dining experience featuring exceptional cuisine, fresh ingredients, and fine wine. Delicious food in a warm and cozy atmosphere is what Sierra Grill offers,” reaffirmed Mark Brinkerhoff. “We use local products whenever possible and the highest quality ingredients.”
A pedestrian pathway featuring a courtyard and a deck is planned between the restaurant and the new adjacent Marriott hotel. Groundbreaking is planned for January with completion around September.
“I’ve already heard from residents who say they are excited for the opportunity to enjoy a nice meal at Sierra Grill before heading to a show at the Lone Tree Arts Center,” stated Lone Tree Mayor Jim Gunning.
The Marriott TownePlace Suites hotel will be a four-story, 121 room hotel sitting on 3.31 acres west of Cabela’s. The hotel will feature accommodations integrating an extended stay concept. All room types will include a kitchen area. The structure will have a backdrop of the bluffs and grassy hillsides and be landscaped to maintain the unique attributes of the area.
The Marriott wants to encourage pedestrian and bicycle traffic to the surrounding trails and commercial areas. Close to the East-West Regional Trail, the hotel’s pedestrian/bike path will feature a bike hut near the public trail head equipped with seating, water, a bicycle pump, and tools for public use. The hotel is scheduled to open in July 2016.
An architectural design of the Sierra Grill (left) and Marriott TownePlace Suites (right) that will be built in 2016 at RidgeGate Commons.