From the folks who brought Denver Park Burger comes the city’s latest, futuristic fried chicken joint – Birdcall – open for business in Five Points since last week.
Taking over the location at 800 East 26th Avenue that once belonged to the beloved Tom’s Home Cookin’, the tech-savvy new space is a sign of the times, as the surrounding urban neighborhood has been completely reimagined and revitalized in recent years.
The exterior of the new restaurant has morphed from a Spanish style to a contemporary aesthetic with thin wood planks, large panels of glass and a wrap-around veranda. The dining room is small, sleek, and sunny with a sliding window that opens onto a spacious backyard. Inside, the traditional counter-order service has been left in the past and the digitized space results in a nearly staff-less front-of-house. Instead, customers are met with bright yellow touch-screens at which they place their orders, before tracking a mounted flatscreen with rolling names and orders counting down the seconds before the golden fried sandwiches are ready to be retrieved – on average three minutes later – from silvery stacked bins. Frequent visitors are assigned profiles to fry up repeat orders in less time with less friction.
Owners Jean-Phillipe Failyau and Peter Newlin – of Park Burger and Homegrown Tap and Dough – developed the hallmark high-tech system. The streamlined service allows the team to keep prices low; meanwhile the new eatery has a no tipping policy.
On the menu, guests can choose from eight sandwiches, six of which include the crispy, seasoned bird. The Original – just $5.75 – comes with pickles and a signature sauce. The Nashville Hot has the same ingredients, but instead is steeped in hot sauce, while the Chicken Reuben comes with NY national shaved corned beef, Swiss cheese and 1000 Island dressing. Customers can also choose from grilled chicken options, salads, shakes, burgers, and thin-cut French fries. Starting this week, a variety of breakfast sandwiches and burritos will showcase the full lifecycle from chicken to egg (or is it the other way around?). Two wines, four beers on tap and another five in cans make up the adult beverage list.
Starting Wednesday, July 26, the fast-casual fried chicken joint will be open for three square meals from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
This is the first of what the Birdcall team hopes will become many more locations to come. The second outpost at 1535 East Evans Avenue in the former Twister’s burrito shop near the University of Denver is already on its way.