Hawaiian style shave ice from the Punch Buggy in Louisville. (Provided by Neige LaRue)

If you think food companies paused during the shutdown, think again. Before reopening in late May or later, these restaurant owners and jobless chefs got creative with mobile features, walk-in windows, and delivery services. They think of niches and do everything from east coast submarines to fancy hot dogs, ice cream, and Hawaiian shave ice. Here are eight things to try over the next month.

Jabroni and Sons’ American Wit, a variant of a Philly cheesesteak sandwich. (Beth Rankin, the Denver Post)

Soap & Sounds Sandwiches


This east coast-style sandwich shop sells giant eggplant parmesan hoagies, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, classic Italian hoagies, and more from just outside Bar Dough in the Lower Highland. Sandwiches are $ 12-16, and American Whiz crab chips come on the side ($ 6). After selling out almost instantly for several days, Jabroni & Sons is now taking orders in advance through Tock. Make use of Dough’s bar while you’re out with Genesee, Aperol spritzer, and some house wine bottles.

2227 W. 32nd Ave., 720-668-8506, 11 a.m. until sale Tuesday through Saturday, bardoughdenver.com

Dill & Pastry Pierogis

East Colfax

The Misfit Snack Bar is a decadent little counter in its own right, but the chef’s new Pierogi menu is a simple takeaway treat. Try potato gruyere ($ 15) or pepperoni pizza ($ 18), then try Russian pelmeni in flavors like lamb and feta ($ 20) or spinach and curd ($ 18). Tip: Order Negronis take away from the Middleman Bar when you collect your food.

3401 E. Colfax Ave., 201-679-7079, 4-8pm Wednesday-Saturday, dillanddough.com

A Kitsune bento box with bison curry, yakisoba, cabbage, fried egg, avocado, romaine, ramp miso, grilled peas, pickled radish, sweet potato tempura, salmon sashimi and matcha jelly. (Josie Sexton, The Denver Post)

Kitsune Bento

North river

You can get the most beautiful fresh bento boxes from Kitsune in the American Bonded’s Bar (or when ordering). Choose from four weekly boxes ($ 12-17) and find yours with curries, fried shrimp, pasta salads, and more, as well as pickled, fresh, and grilled vegetables, plus tempura, sashimi, and a matcha dessert.

2706 Larimer St., 303-868-3703, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., kitsunedenver.com

Donkey rito burritos

North river

Burritos will be on the menu at Fish N Beer Restaurant on Larimer Street through May 21st. The special combines the fish focus of Fish N Beer with the Mexican street food of the sister restaurant Tacos Tequila Whiskey. Try fish-filled twists like the guajillo-encrusted seared ahi tuna with ponzu sauce, lime and herb rice, black beans, chipotle mayonnaise, and tobiko ($ 10). On the weekend, you can have burritos like walnut chorizo ​​with potatoes, scrambled eggs, Monterey Jack cheese, and chipotle tomato sauce ($ 6) for breakfast. For dessert, try the Horchata Rice Crispies ($ 2.25).

3510 Larimer St., only accessible, 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday, breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, fishnbeerdenver.com/burrorito

Pint’s Peak Mint Ice Cream (provided by Caitlin Howington)

Pint’s Peak ice cream

Deliver in Denver

Pint’s Peak is an “underground” ice cream startup run by local pastry chef Caitlin Howington and is delivering small batch ice cream to your door twice a week during the shutdown. Current flavors include espresso vanilla pod, hibiscus margarita sorbet, mint chip biscuit, and lemon meringue tart (all $ 10).

Order at pintspeakicecream.com, delivery on Tuesdays and Fridays

Fancy hot dogs


At the back window of the truffle table in Lower Highland, you’ll find 10 different varieties of hot dog. Namesake Fancy Dog is topped with peanut butter miso, mayo, and coriander ($ 6.50). The completo comes with avocado, tomato, mayo, sauerkraut, and special sauce ($ 7). If you’re particularly hungry, you can also find meat-free, gluten-free, and double-down options.

2556 15th St., 303-455-9463, 11 am-2pm, Tuesday-Saturday, faschotdogs.com

The Steuben’s Reuben comes with chips, pickles, a black and white biscuit, and a soda for $ 15. (Anna Regan, provided by Steuben)

A Reuben from Steuben


For one day only, on Friday, May 15th, Steuben’s is bringing back its lunch service with a Reuben Special. Guests can get the homemade pastrami sandwich with chips and pickles, a black and white biscuit, and boylan soda for $ 15.

523 E. 17th Ave., 303-830-1001, 11 a.m. through Friday, May 15, sold out, steubens.com

Hit Buggy Shave Ice


As the season kicks off on Friday, May 15, this Hawaiian-style shave ice should come as a welcome relief. Try summery classic flavors like strawberry, cherry and lemon or spring for yuzu citrus, lilikoi and mango peels. Brush with vanilla ice cream, roasted coconut and Hauptia whipped cream.

640 Main St., Louisville, 720-998-5817, 11 am-9pm Saturday-Thursday, 11 am-10pm Friday, Punchbuggyshaveice.com

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