Now the restaurant, one of three original structures that date back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, once housed the International Bowling Saloon, and later the Buffalo Rose Saloon, making it one of the oldest bars in Colorado. The renovation retained most of the original building structures and reused historical materials harvested from the job site. The space now includes a newly constructed indoor and outdoor bar as well as a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen.
Diners can find an original Old West dining room-lounge area that focuses on regionally inspired American cuisine with a Latin twist for lunch and dinner and a large outdoor patio bar.
Chris Cone, owner of The Buffalo Rose, says new dishes include chorizo jalapeños with cherry chipotle glaze; salads such as the Aztec Caesar with chili-rubbed top sirloin and jalapeño blue cornbread; sandwiches including the pulled lamb sandwich with smoked lamb shoulder and apple jicama slaw; and entrees such as pan-seared salmon in Hatch chile broth. Chef Jan Vonada heads up the kitchen.
The outdoor patio features fire pits, live music, a full-service bar, and a retractable glass roof.
Also as part of the renovation, The State Room opened with spirits from local distiller State 38 Distilling and small plates from chef Vonada.
The Buffalo Rose, 1119 Washington Ave., Golden, 720-638-5597. Open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Happy hour takes place weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m.
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