Although food hall fatigue may be fully setting in in central Denver, the frenzy has only just now reached the 0.7-square-mile community of Edgewater, which officially welcomed the anticipated Edgewater Public Market last weekend.
The 52,000-square-foot food and retail hall features all of the culinary (and commercial variety) Denverites have come to expect from these spaces, which have become downright ubiquitous since The Source launched the trend in Denver just a few years ago.
But it also comes with a handful of features that will make stand out not only among Denver-area food halls but within the broader Mile High City food and drink scene. First is the rooftop bar, which offers an unrivaled view across Sloan’s Lake of the downtown Denver skyline to the east. Up there, drinks are made in a 28-foot Airstream trailer that serves as the rooftop bar.
Despite being set in residential Edgewater, the hall in many ways feels like it would be more at home in RiNo as the former King Soopers has been repurposed in such a way as to give it a refined industrial vibe. The space is heavy on metal and concrete with exposed ceilings and several quirky murals, including one of a steer strumming a guitar near Red Rocks, that further add to the RiNo-like feel.
Another relatively unusual aspect of the hall is the abundance of free parking—there are over 400 free spaces located directly in front of the hall. That’s also where visitors will get the best view of what is perhaps the hall’s most distinguishing feature: a 50-foot neon sign bearing the hall’s name in lettering reminiscent of the iconic sign above the Pikes Place Market in Seattle.
Inside, 14 and drink tenants are already open, although a handful of others, including the Barquentine Brewing Co. and an outpost of the plant-based burger spot Meta Burger are still yet-to-come online. The current options range from Ethiopian and Greek to tacos, mac and cheese, and lobster rolls (click here for a whole list). Most of the concepts are stall versions of established Denver food trucks, which the hall’s developer said were sought out because of the proneness of their offerings.
There is also the larger downstairs bar and a coffee kiosk. The market opens at midnight daily and closes at midnight on weeknights and 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.