Craig Lieberman has grown his company, 34 Degrees, a crisp/cracker-maker, into something of a phenomenon, but something was still missing for him. "I believe food brings people together," Lieberman said, "and I realized that even though our crackers do that, I never got to see it first hand because we let go of our product so much before our consumers get it in their hands," he added. This is part of how Paired was born.
Located at 2843 Larimer, the 1890s renovated home that will house Lieberman's upcoming venture sat vacant for a while until the entrepreneur decided to take matters into his own hands and create a gathering place where wine and fun bites meet and, well, as the name suggests, pair-up.
The intimate 1000 square foot interior space (plus 400 square foot front patio) will revolve around an open kitchen/chef's counter of sorts. There will be wine, cider, and sake, mostly on tap, and a rotating, ever-changing, seasonal selection of small plates that could easily amount to a casual dinner.
The ability to interact with the person preparing the food and suggesting the pairings was critical for Lieberman: "I really appreciate the educational and entertainment value that guests get from being able to talk to the person who created their pairings," he said. "It's not that you have to interact with them, but it is nice to have the option."
If all goes well, Paired, which is designed by LIVStudio, will open in RiNo sometime in late November-early December. A large backyard patio will be stage two of this project, coming up next summer.