Made for natives and out-of-towners, newcomers and first-timers alike, the platform out the back of Denver Union Station just became a destination in and of itself, with the opening of Local(ish) Market. Only a few feet from the Amtrak and DIA light-rail stops, the arcade bar, which quietly opened nearly three weeks ago, predominantly represents Colorado creators. That list includes: Vert Kitchen, The Noshery, Biju’s Little Curry Shop, Babette’s, along with accessories and apparel brands either donning the state flag or representative of Mile High City flair.
Owned by Jill Alfond, formerly of Sugarlicious, previously James Stefankiewicz apart of the City Pop team, and Chris Zettle, the 2,200-square-foot European-inspired platform market was designed as a versatile grab-and-go eatery, terminal bar and convenience store. Focusing on local producers, as well as convenience, choice and healthy snacking, Local(ish) aims to be the quickest place at Union Station to enjoy a Colorado beer and gourmet bite. This is also the only Union Station retailer or restaurant with a view of the mass transit traffic, along with ample people-watching inevitably apart of the station ambience. Six seats along the bar and more facing the long windows look out onto the tracks. The owners have intentions to add another small bar inside the shop and a patio that will get people even closer to the train-spotting action.
The bar features six taps, serving what will be a rotating list of Colorado craft beers, presently including Real Peel Tangerine IPA from Avery Brewing, Rare Trait IPA from Cerebral Brewing and Pretzel Assassin Amber Ale from Denver Beer Co.
For lunch and dinner, much-anticipated Tavernetta offerings will be included on the prepared food list, while Happy Leaf Kombucha and Infinite Monkey Theorem wines will make appearances on the beverage menu.