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The Loafing Shed Joins Fort Collins' Jessup Farm Artisan Village

The new restaurant and the complex that houses it will be worth the drive from Denver

Jessup Farm Artisan Village in Fort Collins
Jessup Farm Artisan Village in Fort Collins
Josie Sexton

The Loafing Shed, a counter-service cafe and bakery, is just about to join the Fort Collins dining scene inside Jessup Farm Artisan Village at 1939 Jessup Drive.

Owner Jesse Doerffel and chefs Joel Navejas and Chris Carmel (formerly of Panzano and Masterpiece Delicatessen) are launching the eatery later this month, adding more options for guests of the 8-month-old development. The lunch menu includes a variety of sandwiches on house-baked breads, as well as soups, flatbreads, and grain salads. In the evenings, small snacks, shared plates, and Mason jars filled with goodies like marinated farm veggies, or seasonal spreads, or house pickles will be offered.

Community seating will be encouraged across two long tables, and, to aid in the mixing, six local beers and four wines will always be on-tap, while board games will sit up-for-grabs on shelves in the corner. Doerffel is also having a wall projector installed to play the occasional bad eighties or nineties flick, because, well, there should be background entertainment as well as a safe space for movie quoting.

Jessup Farm Artisan Village is located between Prospect and Drake Roads on South Timberline Road in Fort Collins. Starting late last summer, it opened with one restaurant, Doerffel's The Farmhouse, as well as The Barrel House brewery (started by the owners of Funkwerks and a former brewer at Durango's Carver), and also one of Fort Collins' most lauded new roasters, €”Bindle Coffee. The food and drink businesses are balanced by a local barbershop, a clothing boutique, a photography studio, community gym, and custom watch company.

The Village acts as a town center for the surrounding Bucking Horse housing development, but it's also an Old Town alternative for the rest of Fort Collins. Each shop and business is housed in an original, century-old farm structure. The farm itself is being replanted in order to supply food to the restaurants and to a Community Supported Agriculture.