The former Tom’s Urban Space has been reinterpreted as a garage sale, a vintage shop and a margarita bar with street tacos soon. (Provided by Josh Sampson)

In the 1970s, before Larimer Square became an unofficial ambassador to Denver, when Dana Crawford was still desperately looking for tenants for the street, literally facing an uphill battle with permanent construction and a huge pile of earth in the middle of the street, the developer decided to have a little fun.

“Ski Larimer Square” read the sign Crawford held out to welcome pedestrians to their new vision for Denver. Then she opened The Market, modeled on the New York grocer. It and the surrounding block flourished for more than 40 years.

Today the most iconic block of Denver is facing a fundamental change like “Ski Larimer Square”.

Retail stores like a floral design studio, a vintage clothing store, and a tattoo parlor have popped up in the vacant spaces of the square this year, while new grocery stores like a Chinese street food store, fried chicken store, and year-round farmers market are still to come She.

At least six brand new food and beverage stores are opening around the square this season. And from their property to their offerings and design, they are clearly aimed at a younger, local crowd.

“We want you to be back in Larimer Square,” said Michael Swift, who is opening his Chinese street food pub and tea room. Bao Brewhouse, next month or so in the building that was last occupied by the Euclid Hall.

By “they” he means people like himself who live in the Nord River (or another young neighborhood), are in their thirties and have not viewed Larimer Square as a travel destination for years.

“We’ve all talked about it as a team and really hope to put the block together, bring something new and different, and make it young again,” he added.

Swift is one of the few new entrepreneurs to the block to have benefited from open leases and lower rents during the pandemic. Their situation is bittersweet, however, as many Denverites mourn the closure of their predecessors such as The Market and Euclid Hall.

But Swift and other business owners also pay homage to these spaces. With Bao Brewhouse, Swift aims to create a late-night food destination with specials for people in the service industry. He said he would go to the Euclid Hall often after a shift and hope to restore that tradition now.

Josh Sampson will open around the corner The LSQ farmers market Until mid-October he oriented himself towards The Market and developed the concept further in good time.

A range of local vendors will be represented at the Farmers Market – baked goods from Hinman’s and Rebel Bread, Little Owl coffee, YAYE Organics, and even The Market’s famous Spring Fling Cake from its former bakers who started their own pandemic business, Lala’s.

“It’s a great mix, and the other twist is that we have a liquor store inside that focuses on natural wines,” added Sampson.

Also on the block, Josh Schmitz is taking over the rooms that were previously occupied by the Eve and Timbuk2 boutiques to create a café and bar called Ghost Coffee Saloonas well as an ice cream parlor and an interactive art installation called Hidden gems.

Schmitz is behind another café and whiskey bar, Bellwether, across town. He’s modeling Ghost Coffee on this concept while getting Denver artist Wes Bruce to create something completely new next door at Hidden Gems – a “forced interaction” that both Trap music and “The Wizard of Oz” and “with ice cream on the Internet” inspired is the end. “

Schmitz began his career in the hotel industry in Larimer Square. “I’ve always had a soft spot for it, but I can’t tell when I was last there before this project,” he said.

Now he’s excited to be part of the next wave: “The coronavirus has helped us (new business owners) in strange ways. It was scary to see that people who were my mentors didn’t want to touch (the real estate) … but it was really a biblical tide for young entrepreneurs and creatives like me. “

Here is an overview of all the food concepts that have been published in Larimer Square so far.

Cocktails at Bellwether – Josh Schmitz, the owner of the East Colfax Bar, is opening two new rooms in Larimer Square this season: Ghost Coffee Saloon (similar to Bellwether) and Hidden Gems (an interactive art installation and ice cream parlor). (Provided by Josh Schmitz)

Hidden Gems: Trap music, Wizard of Oz, forced interaction art and then ice cream, but only in vanilla and with 35 different cereal toppings to mix. “I think I would have actually created the coolest ice cream parlor in America,” said owner Josh Schmitz. Preliminary opening in mid-October. 1413 Larimer St.

Ghost Coffee Saloon: All-day nitro whiskey on tap or espresso, depending on your mood, as well as freshly made macarons and other cakes. Preliminary opening in mid-October. 1411 Larimer St.

The farmers market: Natural wine, craft beer, schnapps, bread, pastries, spring fling cake, organic take-away, craft coffee and much more. Opening in mid-October. 1445 Larimer St.

Fat Baby Fried Chicken: Roast chicken sandwiches and 1960s soul music down an alley while wearing a full ski suit. Preliminary opening in December. 1440 Market St.

Flea market: Spinning vinyl, but also vinyl lounge seats and vintage on offer as well as margaritas, “garage beers” and shots and then “throwback” snacks such as cracker jacks and pudding packs. Open now, street tacos are coming. 1460 Larimer St.

Bao brewhouse: Chinese street food, including but not limited to roujiamo pork-filled “burgers” paired with a lager of green tea or Sichuan ale, with a backdrop of graffiti murals throughout the first floor and a tea house upstairs – classy vibes , Peking duck share. Provisional opening at the end of October and later on the upper floor. 1317 14th St.

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