Chef Paul Reilly on Pizza, Pork and Why Little Things Will Count at Coperta

Jun 15, 2016 863

Opening a restaurant is like running a sprint that lasts 26.2 miles, not 200 meters. So we weren't sure if Paul Reilly, the chef/co-owner of Beast + Bottle, who's opening Coperta this summer, would have a moment to breathe, let alone talk to us — but he did.

Graciously stepping away from both spots, he opened up about what to expect from his new place; what it felt like to close Encore, his first restaurant; and what he thinks should be the official Colorado state dish. Is it one of his own? Keep reading to find out.

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