The Face of Historic Fine Dining

Meet Holly Arnold Kinney of the Tesoro Cultural Center
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Holly Arnold Kinney

The Fort was built in 1962 by the Arnold family and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and most recently placed on the NSDAR registry of Historic Places. Located near Morrison in southwest Denver, it is a full-scale adobe replica of an 1833 fur trading fort called Bent’s Old Fort. The Arnolds turned it into a restaurant in February 1963, serving new foods of the Old West.

Holly founded Tesoro Cultural Center in 1999 to educate the public about Bent’s Old Fort and the history of Colorado in the 19th century. Tesoro leads school and adult tours, hosts annual Indian and Spanish markets, holiday cultural events, and a historic lecture series. 

The Fort restaurant specializes in the finest cuts of buffalo, elk and quail, and also serves vegetarian dishes, inspired by American Indian recipes. Guests enjoy a true taste of the history of the West, one bite at a time! 


Holly Arnold Kinney


Call or visit for reservations Tours of the historic Fort are available from Tesoro Cultural Center at a Colorado nonprofit.

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