The stretch of Tennyson Street between 38th and 46th avenues in northwest Denver's Berkeley neighborhood has long been a somewhat quiet yet funky strip with shops, galleries, and restaurants. But now the area is seeing a resurgence in upcoming eateries and gathering spots looking to join the likes of Hops & Pie, Axios Estiatorio, and more.
With at least seven new establishments planned to open in the next six or so months, will this boom propel Tennyson into the ranks of Denver's hottest food neighborhoods? It would seem likely, given the mix of offerings yet to come.
This year has already seen the additions of Pasty Republic and El Chingon on the block, and Brazen opened mere weeks ago just slightly off the main Tennyson drag at 4450 West 38th Avenue, keeping opening hours until 2 a.m. six nights a week.
From the crew who brought us Freshcraft, Block & Larder will make its home by year's end at 4000 Tennyson Street in part of the former Yankee Trader space, while burger bar the Royal will occupy the other portion. Block & Larder will showcase a chophouse style, and the Royal, owned by Josh Epps of breakfast spot Jelly, will be casual and family-friendly with a spring opening date.
Adding to Tennyson's eclectic vibe, Denver's first cat cafe is set to debut by mid-November, providing a spot for adoptable cats to be mingled with. As a cafe, Denver Cat Company will serve coffee, tea, snacks, and likely beer and wine.
Justin Cucci, the chef behind Root Down and Linger, is keeping busy with plans for another LoHi restaurant, plus Vital Root, a vegetarian concept he's opening with the operator of nearby Vital Yoga. Look for a juice bar, cleansing programs, and very health-conscious fare when it opens early next year at 3915 Tennyson Street.
After finding success on Colfax Avenue and South Broadway with its trifecta of food and beverage, Atomic Cowboy, Denver Biscuit Company, and Fat Sully's Pizza will take over a former dance studio at 4275 Tennyson. The hybrid concept ensures that come spring, neighborhood denizens will have a new place to imbibe, as well as late-night eats from the pizza side, and delicious, smothered biscuit offerings from DBC.
And lastly, another development, called John's Garage, is taking shape at 4526 Tennyson Street. Chef and restaurateur Patrick Mangold-White has signed on to bring second outposts of Kaos Pizzeria and Uno Mas Taqueria y Cantina to the project as a symbiotic delivery and in-house dining option. From three Avery Brewing alums, Call to Arms Brewing has also inked a deal, seeking to open in the first part of 2015.
· A Handy Guide to Eating in the Berkeley Neighborhood [EDEN]
· Look Inside Brazen, Now Open [EDEN]
· A New Wave of Beer and Sausage Halls Is Hitting Denver [EDEN]