RiNo lands a Chicago-based burger restaurant with heavy metal roots. Kuma’s Corner joins Logan House Coffee and the Vīb Hotel, opening in the River North Promenade area.
Kuma’s Corner plans to open its sixth location in December 2019. The 4,000-square-foot restaurant sits next to the new six-acre RiNo Park and Art Bridge with a roster of metal-themed burgers, rotating draft beer list, and craft cocktail program.
The Famous Kuma burger features applewood smoked bacon, cheddar, a fried egg, lettuce, tomato, and red onion. Odes to Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, and Mastodon make the burger menu. Diners can make their own mac and cheese, barbecue pork fries, fried pickles, and killer chili round out the dishes.
Ron Cain, president of Kuma’s Corner, says the metal scene in Denver played a role in the site location.
In Chicago, the company originally opened in 2005, and for its 10th anniversary, Cain talked to Eater Chicago about some of the milestones in the company’s timeline:
“We were in early on the pretzel bun. Actually, I know some guys — our competitors and they say you guys are the ones who introduced the pretzel bun to the burger industry. And craft beers: We were the first one in Chicago to have Lagunitas IPA on draft. We also didn’t have any Budweiser, Coors, any of the hack beers/Miller products. We’ve always been local craft beer. And obviously we try to also be [supportive of] local charities, local vendors.”
In May, Logan House Coffee opens its third Denver location in the Catalyst building. The Denver-based coffee roaster that opened its first brick-and-mortar location inside the Stanley.
TWC Management also plans to open Colorado’s first Vīb hotel at 3560 Brighton Blvd. next year. A locally inspired boutique hotel from Best Western Hotels & Resorts will feature a rooftop lounge, a lobby bar with local craft beverages and food, and “Zen Zones” where guests can unwind. Other amenities will include 2,000 square feet of meeting space, a grab-and-go food service area, gaming pods, free WiFi, a fitness center, and rooms with smart TVs and workstations with Herman Miller desk chairs.
• Kuma’s Corner [Official Site]