With the success of the The Source and Avanti, one-stop urban marketplaces for the severely food-obsessed are our city’s new rage. And we couldn’t be more exited ourselves—the idea brings community and convenience, and offers the perfect solution for differing palates and personalities. Check out the new food marketplaces we’re looking forward to in the next year.
1. Central Market in the H.H. Tammen Building
Central Market promises to be RiNo’s new “it” gourmet marketplace. Here, 13 local vendors will be serving up everything from cured meats, to ice cream, to fresh pasta. The concept comes from Jeff Osaka, chef-owner of Sushi-Rama and Osaka Ramen, who curated the marketplace and sought to bring a mix of new and existing local businesses for a truly unique consumer experience. With an airy, open concept and 12,000 square feet to boot, Central Market is poised to be a new favorite spot to eat, drink, and shop.
Location: 2669 Larimer Street, Denver
Projected opening date: Spring 2016
Featured vendors: Crema Bodega; High Point Creamery; Culture Meat & Cheese; COCO Chocolates; Izzio Bakery; Silva’s Fish; The Local Butcher, Green Seed produce; Vero from Andrea Frizzi of Il Posto; SK Provisions from Sean Kelly; and Curio bar.
2. The Preservery Food and Music Hall
The Preservery is just the scene we’ve been craving in RiNo. This fast-casual eatery, bakery, marketplace, and bar is the creation of industry veterans and musicians Obe and Whitney Ariss. The market will feature the food of Chef Whitney, with tons of signature sandwiches, cured meats, and cheeses that highlight fresh local ingredients and celebrate seasonality. And to wash all that goodness down, plan for regular live music performances inspired by the sweet tunes of New Orleans. The Preservery is all about community, integrity, and taste, and we couldn’t be more excited to visit.
Location: 3040 Blake Street, #101, Denver
Projected opening date: March 2016
Featured vendors: Chef Whitney Ariss
3. Eastbridge Town Center
Eastbridge comes a decade in the making and is just the social hub Stapleton has been needing. This brand new plaza—a 22,000-square-foot retail complex—will be the marriage of all things food and fun. Plan on tons of dining options, outdoor space, and even a firepit for a place to kick back and savor that ice cream cone (or shrimp taco … or free-range egg omelette … there will be no lack of options here). A King Soopers will be on the east end, so the plaza will truly be a one-stop-shop for the community, and a place we’re looking forward to lingering.
Location: East 29th Avenue, Stapleton
Projected 0pening date: Fall 2016
Featured vendors: The Kitchen Next Door, Troy Guard breakfast spot, Los Chingones location, Constellation (a Little Man ice cream concept), American restaurant from Lon Symensma of Cholon
4. The Source Hotel
The Source’s new hotel and expanded market hall, opening in 2017, will be way more than just a place to stay. A New Belgium brewery location will occupy the ground floor, and they’ll be aging their sour beers on site in 50 oak barrels. A rooftop lounge, dubbed “The Woods,” with a pool will be the perfect hangout for guests to revel in the boozy delight and sop up scenic views. Head there for small plates along with New Belgium beers for unique pairings that you just won’t find anywhere else.
Location: 3350 Brighton Boulevard, Denver
Projected opening date: Winter 2017
Featured vendors: The Woods Lounge featuring New Belgium
5. Stanley Marketplace
Located in Aurora’s old aviation headquarters, Stanley Marketplace has announced an influx of new eateries joining in 2016. We’re talking more than 100,000 square feet filled with gourmet groceries, New York-style bagels, and even a new Denver Biscuit Company locale. And don’t forget the park, event venue, office space, and beer hall—now this is a serious hot spot in the making.
Location: 2501 Dallas Street, Aurora
Projected opening date: Spring 2016
Featured vendors: Rosenberg’s Bagels, Sazza, Comida Cantina, Casita Brewing Company, Mondo Market, Denver Biscuit Company, Sweet Cow Ice Cream, Rolling Smoke BBQ, Happy Bakeshop, Logan House Coffee. Read more about the vendors here and here.
By Alexis Methven | Contributor