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Chef Troy Guard Is Planning to Open a Food Hall and Brewery in the Tech Center

A photo of TAG restaurant group chef and owner Troy Guard standing with his arms together in front of him. Wine bottle racks in his TAG restaurant are visible behind him.
Trou Guard
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Denver Tech Center workers and southeast suburb dwellers will soon get something their city dwelling brethren already enjoy: their own food hall.

On Thursday, noted Denver restauranteur Troy Guard announced he is again turning his sights southward to Greenwood Village, where he will open a hall in a roughly 13,000 square-foot space that was the longtime home of a C.B. Potts. The space is located off of Arapahoe Road at 6875 South Greenwood Plaza Boulevard,

Guard said his vision calls for a hall featuring 10 restaurant stalls as well as a central bar and accompanying brewing operation, where Guard will try his hand at brewing his own beer for the first time.

“It has got its own brewing capacity so we are going to make our own beer and that will be a focus of the space,” Guard said. “We are working on some names right now and I don’t know if we are going to call it a food hall, a beer hall, a beer garden or something else in between.”

But whatever Guard decides to call it, he said such a venue makes sense for an area that has so far mostly missed out on the food hall trend that has swept the metro area (and others throughout the country).

“Obviously the city is exciting but what I like about DTC is you have all the business there and then to the west is where everybody lives,” Guard said. “Plus you can draw from places like Castle Rock and Park Meadows, and those folks won’t have to go as far for something like this anymore.

Though TAG will handle the brewing, Guard said he is hoping to attract other chefs and restaurateurs to open stalls in the space, rather than developing the hall’s food offerings himself as another noted Denver chef, Frank Bonanno, did with his Milk Market food hall in LoDo.

If there is someone out there who has always wanted to get into the food business they can come to us,” Guard said. “Or if there is someone who is very much established and might want to try the food hall we are definitely going to be open to that.”

The chef also said he has told members of the restaurant staff at his existing roster of restaurants, which includes TAG, Guard & Grace, Los Chigones, and Mister Tuna, that opening a stall inside the hall could represent the perfect opportunity to strike out on their own. Guard said he would also like to see the hall stay fresh and unique by hosting pop ups and regularly welcoming new stalls while others move on.

Guard said the new space will keep the brewing equipment and bar from the C.B Potts. He is also planning to construct a new raised 2,000 square foot patio, which will extend out over the parking lot and offer views of the mountains to the west.

“That patio is important because we know that’s something Denver people love,” Guard said.

The hall will be Guard’s second foray into the DTC as he previously opened a Los Chigones in the area’s Belleview Village development. Guard is hoping to open the hall next summer.