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Black Eye Now Open In Capitol Hill

Unlike any coffee shop ever

The quintet behind the three-year-old Black Eye Coffee in LoHi—Steven Waters, Ali Elman, Dustin Audet, Gregory Ferrari, and Sarah Simon–opened their newest venture Black Eye Capitol Hill {800 Sherman Street, Denver; 303.955.1205} on Monday, October 5. This new space is a coffee shop, neighborhood gathering place, restaurant, and cocktail bar rolled into a modern, Art Deco-inspired space on the corner of 8th Avenue and Sherman Street in Capitol Hill. Here’s a peek at what you’ll find at this stunning, sleek new concept.

Black Eye Coffee

Neighborhood-inspired décor

Much like its older sibling, Black Eye Capitol Hill takes it design inspiration from the history of its neighborhood. The space pays homage to the neighboring Sherman Street Historic District and the Poet’s Row apartment houses, designed by famed Art Deco architect Robert Strong. It is simultaneously retro and modern with sleek, comfortable celadon green upholstered banquettes and vintage turn-of-century framed photographs. If you look carefully, you will discover unique vintage objects that continue the connection to the neighborhood interspersed with artfully placed pineapples, historic symbols of hospitality.

Black Eye - Coffe Wall

It’s all about the coffee … until it’s not

During the day, coffee reigns supreme at Black Eye Capitol Hill. They offer a rotating selection of single origin coffee varieties prepared using a pour-over cone filter, drip coffee to-go, and espresso. Guests can enjoy a coffee with housemade pastries and gather around the central community table, plug in, and take advantage of the free WiFi. As day turns to afternoon, a subtle change takes place as the shelves lined with coffee cups and glassware are turned around to reveal a vast selection of spirits waiting to be turned into classic cocktails.

Black Eye Cocktail Menu

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus

Starting at 6am, breakfast is served. Whether you order the simple Avocado Toast with cashews, roasted corn, and cilantro or go all out for the Western Daughters’ Steak and Eggs with tater tots, slow poached eggs, and hollandaise sauce, you will want to make this your daily breakfast spot. The menu expands at lunchtime with sandwiches, soups, and salads, concocted by Chef Alex Figura of Lower 48 Kitchen. Finally, as evening approaches and classic cocktails pour, the dinner menu appears, featuring pastas, flatbreads, dishes such as Vietnamese Drumsticks and Confit Pork Belly, and sides of Fried and Charred Cauliflower and Duck Fat Carrots.

Black Eye - Bar

Literary cocktails

Much like the Poet’s Row apartment buildings, which have names such as Mark Twain and Emily Dickinson, quotes from these and other authors are translated into delicious cocktails. Shakespeare’s “Clothes make the man” is made with Eagle Rare bourbon, housemade chamomile liqueur, iced black tea syrup, and lemon, stirred and served over crushed ice. T.S. Eliot’s “The wisdom of old man” is straight-up St.-Germain, Benedictine, Chateau d’Orignac, Pineau de Charentes, and Cocchi Americano. The cocktail list also reflects the old-school boxing theme in the Black Eye name and logo with categories of Featherweight, Welterweight, Middleweight, and Heavyweight.

Whatever the time of day, whether you are in the mood to work, socialize, or sip on something boozy, the friendly staff at Black Eye Capitol Hill seem to sense your mood and seamlessly fulfill your wishes.

By Elizabeth Woessner | Online Editor