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A California GPS technology company said it’s planning on building a big addition to its existing Westminster facility.

Trimble Inc. said it’s planning on building a second building in Westminster that can house up to 1,100 new workers and be its largest employment facility.
A California GPS technology company said it’s planning on building a big addition to its existing Westminster facility.
Trimble Inc. (Nasdaq: TRMB), which is based in Sunnyvale, Calif., said it’s planning on building a second building in Westminster that can house up to 1,100 new workers and be its largest employment facility.
The new addition will be located next to Trimble’s current 125,000-square-foot facility at 10368 Westmoor Drive, which was completed four years ago. The new building will be “nearly the twin” of the company’s existing building, the company said.
“T he Westminster campus is at full capacity and beyond. After just four years of growth, the location has proven to be a key asset to the company due to its central location and its emphasis on collaborative workspaces,” the company said.
Company officials praised Colorado employees and the area’s quality of life.
“Colorado has proven to be a strategic element in our U.S. operations since we opened our initial Westminster office in 2000 and completed the first building project in 2013. The area attracts a desirable and growing pool of tech talent and provides an attractive quality of life to our employees,” said Steven Berglund, Trimble president and CEO, in a statement.
The general contractor on the project is JE Dunn, Denver-based OZ Architecture is the lead engineering firm, and the building’s expected to be completed in late 2018.

Ben Miller
Contributing Writer

Denver Business Jurnal

Hiring software engineers to work in Denver

Since Sept. 12, Apple the Cupertino, California-based tech giant has posted three software engineering jobs openings for a location in Denver.
The openings come after spring rumors Apple could lease significant space in downtown for a technology development office.
A job posting Monday tells prospective applicants in mapping data engineering that the position “is to join an exceptionally skilled group” working with data science, statistics, geospatial data and deep learning.
“Apple isn’t [the] only location company growing in Denver. Not surprised by this,” tweeted Brian McMahon on Tuesday. McMahon used to run Denver-based MapQuest, the Verizon-owned online mapping company that’s based in downtown.
Apple’s mapping technology hires in Denver would work two blocks from Mapquest.
Apple’s openings in Denver are the latest by some of the biggest tech employers to hire here.
Amazon Inc. held a job fair a year ago to hire people for a software engineering office it quietly opened in Broomfield. Farther west, Google started construction on a new Boulder campus with room to eventually triple the search giant’s presence there to 1,500 employees.
Redwood City, California-based Oracle has for years had its second-largest concentration of U.S. employees at its Broomfield campus, where about 2,000 people work.
Last week, GPS technology company Trimble Inc., based in Sunnyvale, California, said a new building under construction in Westminster would give it room to double its workforce there to 1,100 and make it the largest employment center the 9,000-employee company has worldwide.

By Greg Avery – Reporter, Denver Business Journal

Robotics industry growth to be gigantic in next five years

Jul 5, 2017, 7:15am MDT

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Growth in the global robotics market is expected to be massive in the next five years, according to Boulder market intelligence firm.

Revenue from sales of industrial and non-industrial robots is expected to rise from $31 billion in 2016 to $237.3 billion by 2022, according to Tractica research.

Most of the growth will come from the massive increase in sales of consumer robots, enterprise robots, autonomous vehicles, and unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), which will overtake traditional industrial robots, according to Tractica.

“The key underlying story emerging in the industry is that industrial robotics, which has been the traditional pillar of the robotics market, has given way to non-industrial robot categories like personal assistant robots, UAVs, and autonomous vehicles,” said Aditya Kaul,Tractica research director, in a statement.

Locally, that growth in robots is evident with last month’s announcement that Misty Robotics was spun off from Sphero, the Boulder-based maker of the smartphone-controlled BB-8 robot, and has launched with an initial backing of $11.5 million.

And said it will staff its new Thornton fulfillment center with a fleet of robots, as well as human workers


Out of top 25 US cities for tech, where does Denver rank?

Ben Miller Contributing Writer

Out of the top 25 U.S. cities for technologies, Denver ranks in the top 10.

According to a new report by real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield, Denver ranks eighth nationally when it comes “talent, capital and growth opportunity.” The company called the ingredients a “tech stew,” involving “local universities, capital, tech workers, knowledge workers, educated workers, and entrepreneurial spirit.”

According to Cushman & Wakefield’s “Tech Cities 1.0” report, San Jose-Silicon Valley is rated No. 1, followed by San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Boston, Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Seattle and Austin, Texas.

While Denver is not the headquarters location for many big technology companies, we’ve continued to see larger, more established firms opening offices in Denver, including Google, Apple, and Amazon,” said Steve Billigimeier, executive managing director, Cushman & Wakefield in Denver, in a statement. He added “in addition to Colorado’s impressive list of colleges and universities, Denver continues to draw employees from across the country and finished first in Forbes’ 2015 and 2016 ‘Best Places for Business’ list.”

Last month, Colorado was ranked in the top tier of most innovative U.S. states in rankings compiled by the Consumer Technology Association.

And in October, Colorado was ranked second among U.S. states in turning technology and science capabilities into high-paying jobs.

Making Denver a friendly place for cyclists is a big issue for city leaders.

Kathleen Lavine | Denver Business Journal

At a city council meeting last March, Denver Council President Albus Brooks said that decreasing reliance on cars is “the area that most of us on City Council agree on — that this is the direction that we want to go.”

Some argue that putting so much effort into this is bad news for cars and will only increase congestion further. Others advocate for it as being a way to provide routes for all modes of transportation and promote exercise and better air quality. For now, it appears city officials are making progress on bikes. A pair of recent reports named the Mile High City among the best in the nation for being bike-friendly.

RewardExpert, an online travel service company, said Denver was the 10th most bike-friendly city for tourists.

The report ranked the U.S.’s 53 largest cities based on 13 metrics, such as biking infrastructure, city profile, bike-sharing availability and biking safety.

“Denver is historically a very bike-friendly city. It scored well across all our dimensions. The city has 267 miles of paved biking paths, which ranks third of all the cities we analyzed,” RewardExpert’s report said.

“Denver’s B-cycle has many stations and bikes in its fleet. Denver ranked fourth in regard to number of bike share stations per capita. Travelers should have no problem biking through the city.”

And late last month, ranked Denver as the 4th most bike-friendly in the U.S.. Denver received a bike-score of 71, calculated by measuring bike infrastructure (lanes, trails, etc.), hills, destinations and road connectivity, and the number of bike commuters.

Denver also receives relatively high marks for its walkability, a long-time focus of state leaders. In the WalkScore report, it ranked 16th overall, and a recent Thrillist ranking put it 10th in the nation.

Adding to both Denver’s walkability and bicycle-friendliness is something Denver Parks and Recreation is tackling, too. The city will begin improvements to the Washington Park Loop Road with the of goal of making it safer for visitors.

The 2.2-mile road follows the perimeter of the park and is popular for cycling, walking, rollerblading and jogging. Modifications will include a new configuration aimed at addressing major congestion points along the loop

They include:

Lane configuration improvements comprised of a two-way pedestrian lane separated by a two-foot painted buffer from two unidirectional lanes that accommodate wheel-based recreation

Crosswalk and car traffic zone improvements with hatched buffers, flexible bollards, green dashed pavement markings, shared lane markings, pavement markings, and painted crosswalks.

Signage improvements and the addition of new lane configuration signs, speed limit signs and vehicular regulatory traffic signs. These signs will be installed in strategic areas throughout the park to ensure maximum opportunity for education and awareness of the rules and regulation along Loop Road and throughout Washington Park.

Construction on the Washington Park loop improvement project will begin June 19 and is slated for completion by the end of July.


Beyond spaghetti and meatballs: 11 must-visit Italian restaurants in Denver

There’s nothing quite like a plate of good old-fashioned spaghetti and meatballs, but these restaurants? They take that classic dish to the next level.

Zagat — a unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) — put together a list of 11 must-visit Italian restaurants in Denver, consisting mostly of spots that have just popped up in the last few years.

Spuntino. 2639 W. 32nd Ave. “All the warmth of a mom-and-pop trattoria, all the savvy of… more

From polenta-stuffed agnolotti dal plin with ‘nduja and shrimp, and pappardelle, to pizzas topped creamed leeks and fennel pollen, to bucatini all’Amatriciana, pollo alla diavola, tartufo, and much more.

Caitlin Hendee is digital producer and social engagement manager for the Denver Business Journal and covers education. Email: Phone


Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colorado Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Denver fell 0.7 percentage points in March 2017 to 2.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Colorado rate. The unemployment rate in Denver peaked in October 2010 at 8.9% and is now 6.8 percentage points lower.

Unemployment Rate March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.5% -0.2 -0.5
Colorado 2.6% -0.3 -0.7
Denver 2.1% -0.7 -1.2

Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2017 data as April metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Denver, Colorado, National

Denver, Colorado monthly unemployment rate chart

Denver, Colorado Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Denver peaked in November 2010 at 127,232. There are now 93,591 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Denver 33,641 -10,173 -16,753

Number of Unemployed Persons

Denver, Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Unemployment Rate
Unemployment Rate
4.5% 2.6% 2.1% 33,641
4.7% 2.9% 2.8% 43,814
4.8% 2.9% 2.8% 42,963
4.7% 3.0% 2.7% 41,841
4.6% 3.0% 2.8% 43,772
4.8% 3.1% 3.0% 46,277
4.9% 3.2% 3.1% 48,059
4.9% 3.3% 3.2% 48,823
4.9% 3.4% 3.2% 49,550
4.9% 3.4% 3.2% 50,008
4.7% 3.4% 3.3% 50,227

Sushi bowl spot doubles down in Glendale

Kailyn Lamb May 18, 2017

PokeCity’s second location will open soon in Glendale off of South Colorado Boulevard.

Jay Yoon is poking around new retail locations all over Denver as he expands his sushi bowl chain. Yoon opened the first PokeCity restaurant in October in the Denver Tech Center.

The restaurant offers Hawaiian-style bowls, filled with raw fish and rice with vegetables and sauce.

By January, he decided to expand, picking up a larger location in Glendale on South Colorado Boulevard and East Mississippi Avenue. He said that spot should open this month and is 2,000 square feet, which Yoon said will allow him to add more dining seating space, as well as take-out and delivery services.

“I’m trying to make the dining area bigger,” Yoon said. “Poke places in California are very small.”

Yoon is hoping the traffic on Colorado Boulevard will help to keep the restaurant busy. A third location at South Broadway and Englewood Parkway is also in the works. Yoon, who has been working with David Hicks and Lampert to find new spaces, said he wants to also add locations on the 16th Street Mall and in Westminster. But hiring staff has been a challenge, despite a social media push on Facebook and offering signing bonuses for employees who work with the restaurant for six months, Yoon said.

He’s up against a booming poke land grab by competing chains. Chicago-based Aloha Poke Co. announced this week that it’s coming to RiNo.

The first PokeCity restaurant opened in October in the Denver Tech Center.

Platte Street will get two new poke restaurants. Poke House will open on Platte and 17th Street this summer and Denver Poke Co. will open across the street at 1550 Plate St.

Yoon’s Broadway location won’t be open until June of next year, giving him time to find people. One way that he copes with hiring woes has been to bring in friends from California to help with management at PokeCity. His family members also work at the restaurant. Other locations will have to wait until he can find staff.“I know how to set up businesses easily and fast,” he said. “I think there’s a lot of opportunity in Denver, she’s growing.”

Yoon first moved to Colorado from Korea more than 25 years ago. He spent 10 years in Denver before moving to California. There, he spent more than 15 years working in the restaurant industry. Once he came back to the Denver, he decided to open a poke restaurant. While poke spots were popular in California, Colorado had yet to catch on, and Yoon saw an opportunity. Now that PokeCity has gotten off the ground, Yoon is hoping to start other restaurants as well. He’s looking into starting a Korean barbecue restaurant as well as another bowl themed restaurant with different

Denver’s 24 Most Anticipated Summer Restaurants

May 14, 2017 · by Ruth Tobias
Union Station and Stapleton are on fire. Latin food and wood-burning grills are hot hot hot. And several of our OG superstars — Frank Bonanno, Jennifer Jasinski, Troy Guard, Kevin Taylor, Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson — have some exciting projects on the front burner. Here’s what’s cooking in Denver this summer.

Tom’s Home Cookin’ becomes Jean-Philippe Failyau’s Home Cookin’: In taking over the beloved old Five Points joint, the Park Burger restaurateur will honor its predecessor by focusing on fried chicken along with other Southern-inspired eats, including pimiento breakfast burritos and sandwiches of all kinds, from morning to night. On the more techie side, the space will be equipped with kiosks to not only process orders and payments, but store past orders for easy repeats, send text alerts when your food is ready and so on. “We’re trying to reinvent fast food,” explains Peter Newlin, the president of Failyau’s company, adding that sustainable sourcing and a license to serve beer and wine are part of the program too.
ETA: Early June
800 E. 26th Ave.

Jorge Aguirre

A couple of years ago, we introduced you to mobile vendor Jorge Aguirre and his wonderful corn empanadas. Now we’re delighted to learn that he’ll be offering them at his upcoming brick-and-mortar cafe in Platt Park, along with many other Colombian specialties. Take bandeja paisa, an elaborate combo platter that typically includes beef, chorizo, chicharrones and a fried egg as well as plantains, red beans and rice; meaty soups like sancocho or fried green–plantain patties called patacones that Aguirre plans to offer in several variations; and mantecada, a sweet cornbread, as well as guava bread pudding. To drink, there will be tropical juices alone or in cocktails from the full bar, and Aguirre’s also working to import coffee direct from Colombian farmers. Bonus: Though La Chiva will be a casual place with counter service, the chef-owner hopes to make it festive too, with occasional live music and dancing.
ETA: Early June
1417 S. Broadway

Nicole Branan

Only Troy Guard could roll out two restaurants in one season without breaking a sweat (see FNG below). But the powerhouse entrepreneur (pictured center) says this one is personal: “I live in Stapleton, and I think the neighborhood’s ready for some cool new options.” As the name suggests, the 100-seat spot in the Eastbridge Town Center is all about breakfast, serving a creative array of hashes, Benedicts and pancakes with juice cocktails. ​No word yet on the interior design, but knowing Guard, it’ll be funky.
ETA: June
10155 E. 29th Dr.

Courtesy Frasca Food and Wine

Thrilled as Denverites are to have their very own slice of Frasca, owner–master sommelier Bobby Stuckey has kept a different Italian institution in mind as inspiration for his LoDo venture with chef-partner Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson: the legendary Cipriani. “Those guys were so good at hospitality — it wasn’t formal, but it was really crisp,” he explains. With that in mind, he and Mackinnon-Patterson have put an ace team in place. Chef de cuisine Ian Wortham has been traveling from Piedmont to Sicily for ideas for the pan-regional menu; Thomas Keller vet Justin Williams will serve as GM; and wine director Carlin Karr, a 30 Under 30 alumna whom Stuckey calls a “superstar,” is building the all-Italian cellar. Stuckey’s no less jazzed about the 125-seat space, including the fireplace-graced bar: “It looks right into the canopies of Union Station,” he says. “You get off the train and you’re staring at it.”​
ETA: Late June
1889 16th St.

Courtesy Kevin Taylor Restaurant Group
Hickory & Ash

With this soon-to-be anchor of Broomfield’s Arista complex, pioneering Denver chef-restaurateur Kevin Taylor marks his comeback even as he turns the reins over to his son, chef/co-owner Ryan. The younger Taylor will preside over a contemporary kitchen centered on a hickory grill, where he’ll showcase local ingredients in offerings such as Aspen Ridge Ranch short-rib pastrami and gnocchi in squash “Bolognese.” Mountain-chic decor will set the stage for a casual experience throughout the 120-seat dining room, adjoined by a patio.​
ETA: Late June
8001 Arista Place, Broomfield; 303-534-1455

Courtesy ViewHouse
ViewHouse Littleton

Like the Ballpark and Centennial branches, the 10,000-sq.-ft. Littleton iteration of this playground for all stripes — sports fans, party people, families — will be a biggie, complete with a rooftop deck, courtyard cabanas, ubiquitous flat-screens and a Sunday brunch buffet. We’re told the wide-ranging, easygoing menu will resemble that of its siblings, encompassing tacos, burgers, flatbreads and steaks to pair with endless variations on the martini and the mule. ​
ETA: Late June
2680 W. Main St., Littleton

Courtesy The Kitchen Restaurant Group
Hedge Row American Bistro

As much as we love The Kitchen, we’re all the more excited to learn that what was slated to be its Cherry Creek satellite is morphing into a similar but distinct venture, named for the farm that originally supplied The Kitchen’s Boulder flagship with its produce more than a decade ago. Needless to say, Hedge Row will be as staunchly farm-driven as all of the restaurant group’s endeavors, while its wood-burning oven will transform those carefully sourced ingredients into specialties like roast chicken (pictured) and mole-braised short ribs — though a few Kitchen classics remain on the menu (yes, sticky toffee pudding included). Wood will dominate the interior design as well, complete with locally commissioned furnishings. And we’re told there will be more than one patio to amp up the lively aura.
ETA: Early July
100 Steele St.

Courtesy Kevin Delk
Bang Up to the Elephant!
(fka Mighty Mighty Sparrow! and the Sea Maiden)
You probably guessed it from the whimsical name(s) alone: This Capitol Hill project will be every bit the wild wonderland as its siblings Beatrice & Woodsley and Mario’s Double Daughters Salotto. Partner Kevin Delk is keeping the precise details under wraps for now, but he promises it will be serving food that’s “very festive, bold, big-portioned, a rockin’ value and super-unusual to the Denver dining scene,” while an adjoining cocktail bar brings the liquid fun.
ETA: July
1310 Pearl St.

Troy Guard

Think of this West Highlands arrival as a more casual, low-key Mister Tuna. At F’in Good (to use the full but NSFW name), Troy Guard and company will turn out a contemporary comfort-food menu with an emphasis on wood-fired dishes. Reflecting the trend of the moment, they’ll also sell packaged items for neighbors on the go.
ETA: July–August
3940 W. 32nd Ave.

Courtesy Sage Restaurant Group
Urban Farmer
Following the success of Departure Restaurant + Lounge, Sage Restaurant Group’s Peter Karpinski is exporting yet another Portland, Oregon, sensation. This 21st-century steakhouse franchise will take over where McCormick & Schmick’s left off at The Oxford Hotel to serve as a showcase for whole-animal butchery and local products alike, from produce to spirits and beer. Menus have yet to be released, but they’ll be fairly similar to those at the other locations — so perhaps we can look forward to duck breast with foie gras pudding, twice-baked fingerling tarts and butterscotch sundaes in addition to premium chops. A U-shaped bar, a charcuterie station and cheese cart service promise to bring interactive energy to the ultramodern, spacious interior.
ETA: July
1600 17th St.

Courtesy Chubby Cattle
Chubby Cattle

Denver has a few fine outlets for hot pot these days, but none quite like this one. The second branch of a Vegas phenomenon, it promises all the culinary fun and games you’d expect from the Entertainment Capital of the World thanks to its key feature: a refrigerated conveyor belt to transport food from the kitchen to diners seated around the main counter. Meanwhile, the iPad menu’s as useful as it is amusing, considering there are dozens of ingredients to choose from: beer-braised lamb, live clams, chrysanthemum greens, duck flippers (really!), you name it. Then there are dumplings, skewers, fried rice and more — not to mention a full bar in the 70–80-seat Baker space formerly occupied by The Walnut Room. This will surely be a blast.
ETA: July–August
2 Broadway

Courtesy Four Friends Kitchen
Four Friends Kitchen

Well before big-name chefs started moving into Stapleton, two couples — Tim and Genefer Thornton and Kurt and Sarah Pletcher — decided to take the neighborhood’s dearth of dining options into their own hands by opening a cheerfully modern, Southern-inspired daytime joint for the whole family. It’s been such a success that they’re now opening an equally colorful University satellite, where kiddos will be treated to their own menu as well as playthings to keep them occupied — so that the adults can relax over cocktails and mushroom–sweet potato hash with eggs or root-beer BBQ brisket sandwiches.
ETA: July–August
2070 S. University Blvd.

Unnamed restaurant (fka Paired) from Craig Lieberman
Cracker kingpin Craig Lieberman turned 34 Degrees into an international force, but his next project is as intimate as they come. Inspired by his own culinary travels, it occupies two tiny, adjacent old RiNo houses offering two different formats — casual all-day dining on one side, dinner-only tasting menus on the other. In both cases, the cuisine will be “eclectic and constantly changing,” he says, and he and his chef-partner (whose identity is intriguingly under wraps, though all will be revealed soon) are also “looking to feature guest chefs with different backgrounds and styles on an ongoing basis.” Upon launch, there’ll be seating for 40–50 inside and out on the front patio; eventually, a backyard garden will add more tables while offering “a different, more playful vibe.” ​
ETA: July–August
2843 Larimer St.

Ryan Dearth
French 75

Smokehouse, speakeasy, sandwich shop: At this stage in his career, Frank Bonanno has done it all. Now he’s going back to his French roots. But while flagship venue Mizuna focuses on contemporary interpretations of the cuisine, his Downtown venture will present traditional bistro fare, prepared in an open kitchen where, he says, “I’m really excited to work with the rotisserie I ordered from France — can’t wait to put a Colorado leg of lamb on that baby.” Here’s what else we can’t wait for, judging from an early draft of the menu: lobster-mascarpone risotto with lemon fondue, classic sole meunière and a trio of foie gras preparations. As for the atmosphere, Bonanno offers a little hint: “There’s a pretty spectacular interior component that requires 7,000 Chartreuse bottle caps.” ​
ETA: August
17th and Stout Sts.

Courtesy Citizen Rail
Citizen Rail

This Kimpton project shares a number of traits with Hearth & Dram: the glam Union Station location, the open kitchen and, to keep it humming, an acclaimed exec chef from the coast — in this case, Christian Graves, most recently of San Diego’s Jsix. Of course, Graves has his own thing going on, starting with a dry-aging room for house-cut steaks; this being a hotel restaurant, he’ll also be offering breakfast and brunch. Some dishes we’re especially looking forward to: oxtail with aged-cheddar rice porridge, marigold and sorrel; a vegetarian chef’s board with selections such as eggplant caviar and cauliflower tabbouleh; and whole ember-roasted lobster. An extensive drink list seems apropos for the size of the bar area, which commands more than 50 of the room’s 150 total seats.
ETA: August
1899 16th St.

Stacey Kleinman
The Inventing Room Dessert Shop

Sweet news from Denver’s (and now Dubai’s) conjurer of confectionery: Ian Kleinman will reopen his much-missed molecular dessert shop in the fledgling SloHi neighborhood, where he’ll have a much bigger stage for his smoking, popping, floating, tongue-twisting creations — one that combines some of the steampunk aesthetic of its predecessor with a living wall and a patio (not to mention underground parking). In addition to his kooky shakes, sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, miracle-fruit tastings and other signature treats, expect a few new curios like the “virtual s’mores waffle”; Kleinman will also continue to host pop-ups like the monthly Gobblefunk​ dinner and temporary donut shops.
ETA: August
Tennyson St. & W. 29th Ave.; 303-885-2802

Courtesy Lobster Bliss
Ocean to Plate
The owners of the namesake seafood wholesaler who also run the Lobster Bliss food truck are bringing a bit of the breezy oceanside to Uptown with this One City Block venue, housing an exhibition kitchen that prepares steam kettles full of cioppino, raw-bar items galore and much more (including, of course, lobster rolls). There will also be plenty of shellfish-friendly beers and wines by the glass on hand to sip in the light-filled dining room or out on the patio.
ETA: August
444 E. 19th Ave.

Courtesy of Lustre Pearl
Lustre Pearl

In describing this RiNo watering hole, GM Matthew Wienholt refers back to the original in Austin (pictured above): “It somewhat felt like you were at a house party, but with an old-timey, Western feel.” Expect something similarly “worn and weathered” here, he says, featuring old woods, chandeliers, curtains and a fireplace — not to mention a stage, as a robust live-music lineup is in the works. As for the bar itself, it will keep 16 beers from both local and Texas brewers on tap, supplemented by several more in cans and bottles, as well as lighthearted cocktails like the frozen Orange Crush. And while there’s no kitchen, there will be drink-friendly snacks as well as an outdoor smoker for weekend BBQs.
ETA: Mid August
1315 26th St.

Unnamed bar and lounge from Swirl Girl’s Kendra Anderson
We don’t know its name or address yet, but those are minor details compared to what we do know — charismatic sommelier-about-town Kendra Anderson is opening a RiNo wine bar and cocktail lounge that will be “sleek, modern, a bit masculine and a lot sexy,” according to her team. We also know her penchant for bubbly, rosés and Negronis, and we’re hoping it’s a clue to what we can look forward to.
ETA: Mid-late summer
Address TBA

Jennifer Jasinski, Beth Gruitch and Jorel Pierce’s tapas bar

From pintxos to petiscos, the small plates of Spain and Portugal will star at Jennifer Jasinski, Beth Gruitch and Jorel Pierce’s tapas bar–inspired locale in Union Station’s Great Hall (just steps away from sibling Stoic & Genuine). The team tapped its Bistro Vendôme chef, Adam Branz, to do the honors in the kitchen, where he’ll prepare dishes both classic and original — perhaps offering prix fixe as well as à la carte menus for those who’d prefer a guided tour of regional items like almond gazpacho and sardine toast. The bar too, will encourage exploration by pouring variations on the standard gin tonic (as they’re called overseas) along with sherry flights. Good thing a patio will double the capacity of the mezzanine-lined 50-seat space — small as it is, this place is going to be big.
ETA: Late summer
1701 Wynkoop St.

Courtesy Punch Bowl Social
Punch Bowl Social Stapleton

Robert Thompson’s retro-cool dining, drinking and gaming emporium has become a multistate franchise complete with a celeb chef, Hugh Acheson, for a partner. But it started right here, and now the Baker flagship is spinning off an instant landmark, set in the old Stapleton airport’s control tower. (You bet there will be plenty of room to play outside as well as in.)
ETA: Late summer
Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Uinta St.; 303-765-2695

To date, all of Mike Huggins and Lenka Juchelkova’s successes have been inspired by the past — think the post-Prohibition patina of Arvada Tavern, the Old World–meets–small town vibe of Kline’s Beer Hall or the pre-Prohibition sepia tones of Union Lodge No. 1. By contrast, this Berkeley cocktail lounge will be all about the here and now, says Huggins, giving his GM and lead barman Josh Sevy “a lot more room for creativity.” Granted, at 900 square feet, Tatarian won’t have a lot of room period — but its savvy design will set the stage for experimentation, first and foremost with the use of wood. Huggins explains that the bar’s named for a species of maple tree found in the neighborhood, so Sevy’s working on various tinctures and bitters that “extract more of the savory bitterness” of barks, herbs and so on.
ETA: Late summer
4024 N. Tennyson St.

Courtesy Kyle Foster

Long known as the head butcher and salumaio at Colt & Gray, Kyle Foster is striking out on his own — or rather with wife Katy Foster of Stir Cooking School — to open this RiNo tribute to his Southern roots. “Respecting tradition” will be a cornerstone of the restaurant, he says, with daytime menus composed of “simple, thoughtful” regional staples and a bar built around domestic whiskey. But come dinner, “I’m hoping to surprise people with food they might not expect.” That plan extends to his charcuterie, which he’ll reserve for composed dishes: “I’m trying to get away from the meat and cheese boards you see everywhere else,” he explains. What Foster calls a “sophisticated Southern” design, featuring an expansive mezzanine and patio, will complete the picture.​
ETA: Late summer/early fall
3254 Larimer St.

Wewatta Point
Grill Concepts, the California-based restaurant group behind gastropub Public School 303, is bringing a second brand to the Union Station area, this one seafood focused. If it’s anything like its Los Angeles sibling Laurel Point — and there’s good reason to assume it will be — expect an urban take on the breezy coastal fish shack, with a pan-regional menu encompassing lobster rolls, cioppino, oysters and sushi.
ETA: Late summer/early fall
1607 Wewatta St.

That’s because many restaurants do not open when originally estimated. That can be due to a variety of reasons, such as the longtime shortage of construction workers, which often pushes building timelines back. Some operators have also complained about slow building permit approval in Denver.

Here are the new ones slated to open this summer.

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