The Union Station neighborhood’s new superfood cafe, Whole Sol Blend Bar, opens for breakfast starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Inspired by healthy living, the newly engaged Phil Dumontet and Alexa Squillaro relocated to Denver late last year to start their business. They planted Whole Sol at 1735 Chestnut Place, with the intent to serve up a nutritious menu fit for athletes. The 25-seat space is clean with colorful photographs, hanging greenery, and outlets at every table. The majority of the menu is prepared right in front of customers at the bar. Signature smoothie “bols,” toasts, and cold-pressed juices are highlighted among the gluten- and dairy-free offerings. The owners developed an original açaí base — incorporating avocado, bananas, cold-brew coffee, coconut, dates, vegan cookie-dough, and more.
Some bowls will stick around while other specials will rotate seasonally, like the Bol 300 with mango, banana, and turmeric. Consistent combinations include the Piña Colada, with blue spirulina, blueberries, coconut strips, mango-coconut chia, and granola. The eatery will serve its concoctions in reusable coconut shells or compostable to-go containers marked with comments like, “You crushed it today,” and “Life is short, lick the bowl.” An assortment of gluten-free, vegan toasts are topped with hemp pesto, almond ricotta, and nut butter, while warm breakfast bowls come with poached eggs or scrambled tofu.
Before Whole Sol, Dumontet was recognized as a Forbes “30 Under 30” honoree for his Boston-based delivery company Dashed, which he sold to GrubHub last summer. The duo is already preparing to launch their second location in September at 1420 Pearl Street in Boulder. Meanwhile Whole Sol will take its show on the road with a sprinter van operation expected to pop-up around Denver later this summer.
Status: Whole Sol operates at 1735 Chestnut Place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.