DENVER, CO – A new Denver Food Hall opens in the Colorado Center in the University Hill neighborhood in early October.
Junction Food & Drink on S. Colorado Blvd. 2000 will include 10 food stalls, an indoor and outdoor bar, 4,000-square-foot deck, and Denver’s special Coffee and Tea.
The 12,220 square meter food hall will include the following businesses:
- Big Wave Taco Shop – Denver-based TAG Restaurant Group, founded by Executive Chef Troy Guard, brings nachos, quesadillas, tacos and more to Junction.
- Bird on a Wire Southern Chick’n – The Garner Brothers bring southern favorites like Nashville’s Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich, Chicken Tenders and Southern Smoked Wings with side dishes like Mac & Cheese, fried cucumber, waffle fries and coleslaw.
- Ebisu Ramen and Sushi – Chef Soon Choi, head chef at Sushi Den, presents sushi rolls, sushi bowls, ramen and a selection of small plates.
- Grind and Grill Burger – Restaurateurs Dave Garner and his sons serve fresh, made-to-order burgers – with unique twists – hand-cut fries and shakes at their family-run stand.
- Lazo Empanadas – François Sabers Lazo Empanadas are traditional Argentinian farm-fresh bags full of perfection, created to “bring out the empanada fanatic in everyone!”
- Mr. Miners Meat and Cheese – Chase and Melissa Devitt’s booth offer salads, sandwiches and a variety of shareables as well as cold cuts and fine cheeses.
- Paciugo Gelato – Rob Prange still makes his gelati and sorbetti the traditional Italian way, with fresh fruit and natural ingredients. The result is a light, smooth frozen dessert with 70 percent less fat than ice cream.
- Pete’s-A-Pie from Denver – Joel Mehr, longtime DC pizza operator, will show Denverites their New Haven-style cook-fueled pizza, however you choose.
- Shawarma Shack – The guests have a seat in the front row of the unique food theater, in which the slowly cooked meat of Chef Yaser Khalaf is roasted on a spit in the window. “Certainly an instant favorite among vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free guests,” said Junction.
- Smok Barbeque – Bill Espiricueta and the Smok team focus on classic grilling from around the country with special notes from Kansas City and Austin, Texas. The home-smoked meat, shared plates, creative side dishes, and sauces are “nuanced and straightforward in taste, color, and texture,” said Junction.
The Junction Bar will connect the dining room and the large outdoor terrace, which is “perfect for socially distant gatherings,” according to the owners.
“Once virus-related restrictions are lifted, the terrace can accommodate up to 160 guests and the combined indoor and outdoor seating can accommodate over 400 guests.”
Junction also offers roadside pickup and delivery via DoorDash and Grubhub. People can also order food and drink online directly from Junction, park in the designated spaces and have their food delivered to their car on the side of the road.
“In addition to complying with all state, state, and local guidelines, Junction has implemented improved disinfection measures to ensure that recommended standards are exceeded,” the owners say.
Some of the procedures include:
- Team members must wear masks at all times.
- Guests must wear masks when not eating or drinking.
- The size of the cleaning staff has been doubled compared to the original plans. Team members will be “dedicated to carefully cleaning all surfaces from the doors to the sink taps and everything in between,” the owners say.
- Guests can order at their table with a QR code to restrict contact and receive a text when their food is ready to be picked up.
Junction Food & Drink is hiring more than 125 jobs. More information can be found here.