If you are predicting a renaissance for Denver's Five Points neighborhood, the opening of Dunbar Kitchen + Taphouse reinforces your point. Set in an 1899 house that once served as space for a barber shop, the new neighborhood spot started serving earlier this week only a couple of blocks away from Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen.
Owners Charles Wessels and Mike Ayre transformed the space into a well-functioning casual and comfortable bar and eatery that retains the beautiful original brick softened with lots of reclaimed wood, much of which came from the old floor and walls. The seating arrangements, including two or four tops at the front, bar seating, or high-top bench seating, are conducive to a variety of demographics and occasions.
A small and approachable menu is divided between snacks and sides and sandwiches. The straightforward dishes offered shouldn't trick you into brushing them off as bar food. The food is bright, inventive, and prepared with high quality ingredients. Don't miss the pimento cheese and the coleslaw, and give the cheeseburger a try.
The wide selection of beer, carefully curated wines, and creative cocktails offer a wide array of options to guests. Plus, they are very representative of Denver and Colorado. A great feature is the option to order a 3 ounce pour of wine, allowing for the chance to sample more variety.
Dunbar Kitchen & Taphouse is located at 2844 Welton Street and serves lunch and dinner seven days a week. Weekend brunch may be added to the lineup later on. This coming weekend, the restaurant will start offerings some chalkboard specials.