On November 22, pending liquor license approvals, Udi's Foods will open Braun's Taphaus & Grille in the former Archive Room in Olde Town Arvada. The Archive Room, located at 5601 Olde Wadsworth Boulevard, shuttered earlier this fall.
Unlike many of Udi's other ventures, which focus on healthy offerings, Braun's is all about indulgent comfort food and great beer. The menu brings traditional German cuisine and American comfort food with 20 rotating beers on tap, including several local brews. Featured dishes include a portabella "Juicy Lucy," the Biker Jim sausage dog, three types of gourmet nachos, and Buffalo wings slow-cooked in bacon fat.
On the sweet side, the menu at the new eatery features several specialty pastries from new executive pastry chef, Jason Lebeau. Among the offerings, a traditional apple strudel and several flavors of house-made ice cream. Lebeau is also debuting a new pastry creation: the "croissaffle," a waffle made from Udi's croissant dough. The "croissaffle" will be served both sweet as a dessert and savory alongside chicken.
"We've had a lot of fun with the menu," said Robin Bar-On, executive chef of Udi's Foods, in a press release. "We are going in a more indulgent direction, allowing me to flex a very different culinary muscle. Menu testing has been an awesome chore," Robin added.
The name of the new venture, Braun, pronounced "brown," pays homage to the last name of the family, Bar-On. Before immigrating to Israel, the family originated in Austria and the original spelling of their last name was Braun.