DENVER, CO — A new Denver food hall is set to open in early October at Colorado Center in the city’s University Hill neighborhood.
Junction Food & Drink, at 2000 S. Colorado Blvd., will include 10 food stalls, an indoor/outdoor bar, a 4,000-square-foot patio and the Denver-based Sonder Coffee and Tea.
The 12,220-square-foot food hall will include the following businesses:
- Big Wave Taco Shop – Denver-based TAG Restaurant Group, founded by Chef Troy Guard, is bringing nachos, quesadillas, tacos and more to Junction.
- Bird on a Wire Southern Chick’n – The Garner Brothers are bringing Southern favorites like their Nashville Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich, Chicken Tenders and Southern Smoked Wings with sides such as mac & cheese, fried pickles, waffle fries and coleslaw.
- Ebisu Ramen and Sushi – Chef Soon Choi, head chef at Sushi Den, will showcase sushi rolls, sushi bowls, ramen and a selection of small plates.
- Grind and Grill Burger – restaurateur Dave Garner and his sons will serve up fresh, made-to-order burgers – with unique twists – hand-cut fries and shakes at their family-owned stall.
- Lazo Empanadas – François Saber’s Lazo Empanadas are traditional Argentinian, farm-fresh pockets of perfection, created to “bring out the empanada fanatic in everyone!”
- Mr. Miner’s Meat and Cheese – Chase and Melissa Devitt’s stall will offer cured meats and fine cheeses in addition to salads, sandwiches and a variety of shareables.
- Paciugo Gelato – Rob Prange still makes his gelati and sorbetti the traditional Italian way, with fresh fruit and all-natural ingredients. The result is a light, smooth frozen dessert with 70 percent less fat than ice cream.
- Pete’s-A-Pie of Denver– Longtime DC pizza operator Joel Mehr will introduce Denverites to his chef-driven New Haven-style pizza – by the slice and whole.
- Shawarma Shack – Guests will have a front-row seat to unique food theater with Chef Yaser Khalaf’s slow-cooked meats roasting on spits in the window. “Sure to be an instant favorite among vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free guests,” Junction said.
- Smok Barbeque – Bill Espiricueta and the Smok team focus on classic barbecue from across the country with special notes from Kansas City and Austin, Texas. The house-smoked meats, shared plates, creative sides and sauces are “nuanced and forthright in flavor, color and texture,” Junction said.
Junction Bar will connect the food hall and the large outdoor patio, which is “perfect for socially distanced gatherings,” owners said.
“Once virus-related restrictions are lifted, the patio will hold up to 160 guests, and the combined indoor and outdoor seating will accommodate over 400 guests.”
Junction will also offer curbside pickup and delivery through DoorDash and Grubhub. People can also order online directly from Junction Food and Drink, park in the designated spaces and have their food brought out curbside to their car.
“In addition to adhering to all federal, state and local guidelines, Junction has implemented enhanced sanitization measures to ensure that recommended standards are exceeded,” owners said.
Some of the procedures include:
- Team members are required to wear masks at all times.
- Guests are required to wear masks when they are not eating or drinking.
- Cleaning staff size has been doubled from original plans. The team members will be “dedicated to diligently cleaning all surfaces from the doors to the sink faucets and everything in between,” owners said.
- Guests can order using a QR code at their table to limit contact and receive a text when their food is ready to be picked up.
Junction Food & Drink is hiring for more than 125 positions. More information can be found here.