Justin Cucci

Justin Cucci has a long history in the restaurant industry: His family owned and ran the notable Waverly Inn in New York City from 1956 to 1994. After pursuing a degree in computer science, Justin decided it wasn’t for him and dropped out of college to work in his family’s restaurant, which was eventually sold to Vanity Fair Editor Graydon Carter. Justin moved to Denver permanently in 2008 and opened Root Down, a restaurant known for its accessible and inclusive culinary sophistication, followed by Linger, Root Down DIA and Ophelia's—the first Edible Beats concept to open downtown. Most recently, Cucci opened Vital Root, healthful fast food on Tennyson Street.