Flooding the zone is a family affair for the Kevin Taylor Restaurant Group (KTRG), which will launch Masa Cocina Mexicana – its second Arista Broomfield eatery in two years –this November. The modern Oaxacan-style taqueria is the follow-up act to Hickory & Ash, a meat-heavy concept that opened in the master-planned community under the direction of Ryan Taylor – Kevin Taylor’s son – in 2017.
Inspired by the chef’s travels throughout Mexico and a fascination with international street food, Masa will serve contemporary dishes rooted in tradition.
The 3,200-square-foot space has a youthful air, seating 130 inside. Polished red concrete floors create a volcanic glow beneath the bamboo tables, accented by bold tiles and handcrafted Oaxacan lanterns. A 60-person patio will be unveiled after the opening in 2019.
Behind the scenes, Executive Chef/Partner Frank Blea will run the show, whipping up concoctions with intense, authentic flavor, rooted in traditional Mexican home-cooking. Entrees include the tacos al pastor, pork shoulder, molcajete, and tilapia Veracruz. The bar program will highlight agave-based spirits, with more than 30 tequilas and mezcals to be either sipped on, blended, or stirred into crafty cocktails.
After decades of downtown Denver service, KTRG is betting big on the Broomfield borough’s business and commuter clientele and the community’s growing interest in upscale dining. Both Masa and Hickory & Ash serve the Arista development, with 1,700 residential units and 250,000 square feet of commercial office space, and an anticipated 300,000 square feet to 500,000 square feet to come within the next five years.
Meanwhile, Kevin Taylor and company haven’t totally given up on the urban dining scene. Taylor opened Mila, a Mediterranean eatery at One Denver Place, on the corner of 18th and Curtis streets, this September.
Upon opening in the coming weeks, Masa’s service will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays.