Melted, the dessert shop planned for RiNo’s The Source market hall by Denver bartender-turned-restaurateur Bryan Dayton, is now targeting to open in mid to late September with the exact opening date likely to be announced after Labor Day.
303 Magazine first reported on the announcement of the shop in January, when it was then slated to open in the spring.
The new dessert shop will be located adjacent to Dayton’s acclaimed New American restaurant Acorn in the space that formerly housed the Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe, which closed in 2018. According to a representative of Dayton, the new 365-square-foot shop is being designed in collaboration with Denver’s Wunder Werkz design studio.
The dessert offerings, meanwhile, will be collaboration between Dayton and Jennifer Akina, a pastry chef and cake artist at the Azucar Bakery on South Broadway who is also the executive producer of the Chef or Death” podcast.
Upon the shop’s opening, guests will be able to enjoy two kinds of fresh-baked cookies (the available varieties will change weekly) and four types of hand churned and flash frozen soft serve ice cream (flavors will change monthly). There will also be an option to get the soft serve flavors in a twist consisting of two flavors.
Diners will be able to enjoy the soft serve in a cup or cone or opt for a Thai ice cream sandwich made with a choice of soft serve flavors or a twist of them served on a brioche bun made by Reunion Bread, which is also located in The Source. Each sandwich will come with a drizzle of condensed milk, a sprinkling of raw sugar, and a choice of one of six to eight rotating topic options that will range from such classics as sprinkles and coconut shavings to more unexpected offerings such as candied pig ears and gold flakes.
Melted will join Acorn and Brider and Boulder’s OAK at Fourteenth and Corrida as the fifth entry in Dayton’s Half Eaten Cookie Hospitality restaurant group.