Not so long ago, the Ballpark neighborhood was comprised of abandoned buildings and pawn shops. Hardly anyone lived in the area, and foot traffic was minimal. Even just a handful of years back, in 2010, when Ignite! opened at 2124 Larimer St., that pocket of downtown was still a quiet gamble.
But these days the urban neighborhood matured into a high-frequency hub for restaurants, residential and avid Rockies fans to congregate.
Just in time for the Colorado Rockies home opener – April 7 – Ignite Kitchen + Cocktails revamped its already-eclectic menu and eye-catching decor.
Officially reopening March 23, the atmosphere was upgraded to restore its relevance.
Balancing masculine and feminine flair and grace, designer Dianna Lynn softened the industrial interior features, added a variety of textures, and embraced a new color palette of gold and green hues. Adding brass and cadiz chandeliers and whitewashed brick walls, the tabletops are now white stone, with iron Spanish gates and leaded glass windows from the 19th century. The rooftop dining and cocktail lounge also received a little love and attention, adapting the decor.
To match the new and improved design scheme, the Ignite team increased the breadth and depth of the menu, adding more sharable dishes, such as the wood-fired mussels and crispy brussels sprouts. An assortment of flat breads are now featured on the menu, as well as a few entrees, including the creole seasoned ruby red trout, wood roasted steak with bacon and blue cheese and the bacon wrapped meatloaf.
Ignite’s happy hour now runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and weekend brunch continues with a selection of shared plates, the "hangover cure" burger, and other morning specialities.
Along with the aesthetic and culinary shifts at Ignite, the restaurant recently added a new, "more seasoned" management team