Pastry chef Alicia Luther Clardie is still planning her own bakery and cafe in Denver. After a location in Congress Park fell through, the former Black Eye Coffee baker has secured a North Denver spot. She plans to open Spruce & Lark by the fall at 4404 Yates Street. Luther Clardie is partnering on the project with Denver chef and restaurateur Jeff Osaka and Black Eye Coffee LoHi’s general manager Madison Martinez. Their breakfast and lunch cafe will sell its own bread loaves and sweet and savory pastries as well as other grab-and-go items.
Spruce & Lark’s space at the northeast corner of 44th Avenue and Yates Street is being designed by UNUM Collaborative (see also Osaka’s Sushi-Rama). It will connect to a new Amethyst Coffee next door, at 4999 West 44th Avenue. This is the coffee company’s second location after 1111 Broadway in the Golden Triangle. Luther Clardie got her start working as a pastry cook in Los Angeles, before moving to Denver in 2015 to work as the executive pastry chef for the original LoHi Black Eye Coffee as well as its now-closed Capitol Hill outpost. This will be her first restaurant.