Avanti, the highly anticipated collective eatery and restaurant incubator in LoHi, will open its wood-framed doors on Monday. Inspired by European markets, this new concept has two full-service bars and seven restaurants: Brava! (wood fired pizzas, originally a food truck), Bixo (traditional Mediterranean plates), Farmer Girl (farm-to-table cuisine), Quiero Arepas (you've probably heard of the food truck), Mijo (izakaya-style street food), Souk (shawarma shop by Bistro Barbès), and PoCo Tortaria (Mexican tortas by the owner of Pinche Tacos).
"The design of the place mimics a technology hub," says Tim Payne who owns Farmer Girl. Avanti is a modern, utilitarian space with community tables, multiple sitting areas, and a rooftop deck that overlooks downtown Denver.
Founded by Patrick O'Neill and Rob Hahn, Avanti's mission is to provide Denverites with an eclectic mix of affordably priced and culinary-minded options in a format that eliminates massive start-up costs for new restaurants. All of the owners of Avanti's restaurants commented that they got involved to reduce their initial investments and surround themselves with inspiration from other food professionals.
Avanti, located at 3200 Pecos Street, opens on Monday, July 13 at 11 am. Avanti will be open seven days a week— from 11 am to midnight Sunday through Wednesday, and 11 am to 2 am Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.