Generations ago, Denver was home to Rosen’s Kosher Cafe, Rosen’s Grocery, and the Oasis Drive-In. Soon, from the same fourth-generation Colorado family, Denver will have Rye Society, a modern take on a traditional Jewish delicatessen, opening in early 2018.
Jerrod Rosen is opening the new RiNo deli in the former Hutch & Spoon space at 3090 Larimer Street. Originally from Colorado, Rosen spent time in New York training under Thomas Keller at Per Se, and Danny Meyer at Tabla. He also has a culinary and management degree from the French Culinary Institute. And he helped open Colt & Gray in Denver.
How this background translates to a modern deli remains to be seen. For the new restaurant, Rosen is teaming up with Denver chef consultant Ryan Leinonen, whose past projects include The Kitchen in Boulder, Root Down, Colt & Gray, and Trillium. The two are collaborating on a menu rooted in Rosen’s family recipes. They promise to bring “the best of traditional Jewish comfort food” to Denver.
Along these lines, rye bread will be baked in–house daily, and pastrami will be flown in from New York’s Carnegie Deli. Condiments, butters, cream cheese, and soups such as matzo ball, are all made fresh, while salads and grain bowls will be prepared to-order. Rye Society will serve weekday breakfast and lunch, as well as brunch on weekends.