Denver

Grange Hall is Denver's Most Indulgent New Food Hall

Pizza, wings, beer, fries, etc.

Photo by Mark Piscotty
Photo by Mark Piscotty
Photo by Mark Piscotty

You know the saying-one man’s suburban sports bar is another man’s treasure. That’s the case for chef/restaurateur Troy Guard and the defunct C.B. & Potts in Greenwood Village. Guard, along with partners Kevin Hawkins and Ken Himel, bought the 13,000 square-foot building in 2019, with the goal of transforming the former sports bar chain into a food hall, brewery, and gathering place for the Denver Tech Center community. In late September the team debuted Grange Hall, an electric, nine-stall-deep food hall and microbrewery, where all the concepts were hand-picked by Guard.”That area is begging for something like Grange Hall,” Guard says. “So many businesses, families, and events happening down there, and there isn’t any sort of central social hub. I envision all sorts of people using the space, from business lunches or couples out on a date to families and friends spending time together.”

Photo by Mark Piscotty
Photo by Mark Piscotty
Photo by Mark Piscotty

While Guard is using the large, bright space to expand one of his own restaurants (the build-your-own-bowls concept Bubu), and to debut two new ones, Rado Burgers and Crazy Love Pizza, he reserved the remaining stalls for non-TAG Restaurant Group food options, pulling from Denver and beyond. In the beyond category is the much-anticipated The Crack Shack, the San Diego-based fried chicken eatery with a big following. The hulking, messy chicken sandwiches have gotten most of the attention at The Crack Shack’s six existing locations, but it’s the Colorado-exclusive Grange Fries that steal the show here. The schmaltz fries are loaded with spicy chicken nuggets, Hatch chile-cheese wiz, bacon, and ranch dressing, and they will make you never want non-chile-cheese wiz and spicy nugget topped taters again.

Courtesy of The Crack Shack
Courtesy of The Crack Shack
Courtesy of The Crack Shack

“As far as the non-TAG Restaurant Group stalls, it’s been about me sourcing food I enjoy eating and bringing those guys out to Denver. The Crack Shack is a great example of that, plus coming soon, J. Dawgs out from Utah,” Guard says.

Photo by Mark Piscotty
Photo by Mark Piscotty
Photo by Mark Piscotty

J. Dawgs will be the hall’s first pop-up stall, a space reserved for rotating concepts, whether they be open for mere days or months. The hot dog spot will open in early 2022, one of three stalls that aren’t yet serving. A soon-to-be-announced BBQ concept is expected to open later this year, and Honey Fish, by Mizu Izakaya owner Jianxiong Li, will start serving its Temaki handrolls and sushi at the end of the month.

Courtesy of  Eiskaffee
Courtesy of Eiskaffee
Courtesy of Eiskaffee

Open now, Uptown & Humboldt is stuffing the lamb gyros and peanut butter and jelly hoagies that have made it a popular food truck around town, and Eiskaffee is at the ready for something sweet. Just what is an eiskaffee, you ask? It’s a German-inspired ice cream treat from the High Point Creamery team. Cold brew coffee is topped with vanilla ice cream, grated chocolate, and whipped cream, so it’s kind of like an affogato but even more decadent.

Photo by Mark Piscotty
Photo by Mark Piscotty
Photo by Mark Piscotty

And then there are Guard’s two new restaurants. Crazy Love Pizza is his first pizza spot, but he’s been perfecting his Sicilian recipe for years. The square pan pie gets a quick hit in the Italian wood and gas oven before being capped with toppings both traditional and unexpected. (Like the Korean-inspired ‘za with kal bi steak, kim chi, sesame bean sprouts, and soy gochujang.)

“I had been wanting to try my hand at pizza, so I knew this would be a great launching point for that,” Guard says.If you’ve been to TAG Burger Bar, you know the man loves his burgers-and, let’s just say, untraditional toppings. Guard’s Rado Burgers lives up to the over-the-top burger hype, with the option to add foie gras, Funyuns, grilled shrimp, and fried pickles to your patty. But don’t sleep on the fish sandwich or adult grilled cheese, either.

Photo by Mark Piscotty
Photo by Mark Piscotty
Photo by Mark Piscotty

Of course while indulging in foie gras garnished burgers, eiskaffee, and spicy chicken topped schmaltz fries, you’re going to get thirsty. The microbrewery portion of Grange Hall was a priority for Guard, and he tapped Great American Beer Festival gold medalist Ty Nash to helm Little Dry Creek Brewery. Nash has 10 beers on draft, ranging from a hefeweizen to a hazy IPA, and the hope is that Little Dry Creek will brew enough beer to someday source Guard’s mini empire of restaurants.

Photo by Mark Piscotty
Photo by Mark Piscotty
Photo by Mark Piscotty

The cocktail menu at Grange is also impressive, especially considering you’re next to an Office Depot and a strip mall. Choices include the Yuzu Highball with whiskey, lemon, and ginger beer; the chipotle and pineapple-tinged Pastor Marg; and, two words that should go together more often, the Champagne Martini.

Photo by Mark Piscotty
Photo by Mark Piscotty
Photo by Mark Piscotty

If the food, beer, and Champagne Martinis aren’t enough to keep you entertained, Grange Hall has cornhole and Pac-Man to be played, as well as views galore from the patio, and homey lounging areas sprinkled inside.You’d be forgiven if you never made it down south to the C.B. & Potts, but Grange Hall is something more. It’s worth a stop for hungry and thirsty DTCers, and it warrants the drive for Denverites willing to venture beyond city lines to further their food hall repertoire.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.

Allyson Reedy is a Thrillist contributor.

Denver

How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Denver This Year

For a successful St. Patrick's Day, hit these parades, barcrawls, parties, and festivals.

VISIT DENVER
VISIT DENVER
VISIT DENVER

Grab your green and your Guinness-St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner, and there’s fun to be had. In addition to being the first big celebratory holiday after New Year’s, St. Paddy’s is also a signal of spring; more hours of sunshine, T-shirt temps, and filling Blake, Market, and Larimer with drunken revelry make up a particularly Denver type of equinox. However you plan to celebrate-with family friendly activities or for those over the legal drinking age only-there are parades to be watched, playful drinks to be sipped, and a whole lot of shamrock-ing to do.

Photo courtesy of Mile High Spirits
Photo courtesy of Mile High Spirits
Photo courtesy of Mile High Spirits

Dance a jig or two at Mile High Spirits’ Shamrock Shenanigans

March 17
If you’re ready to put your dancing shoes to good use, wiggle your way on over to Mile High Spirits-doors are opening at 12 pm and there’s no cover ‚Äėtil 10. Enjoy MHS’ drinks, big dance floor, and even bigger outdoor patio for all the Irish pride and shenanigans you can handle.

Cook Street School of Culinary Arts
Cook Street School of Culinary Arts
Cook Street School of Culinary Arts

Whip up steak for a St. Paddy’s Date Night

March 17
Cook Street’s special St. Paddy’s Day class involves making the perfect steak while sipping on Irish whiskey. On Friday only, learn about proteins, cooking methods, and choosing side dishes carefully while cooking up traditional Irish cuisine.

Crawl around town. You know, figuratively…

March 17 – 18
Is it a drinking holiday in Denver if there aren’t a handful of bar crawls happening? Probably not. St. Paddy’s Day is no different; you can start crawling from a number of bars, but a few in particular have everything plotted out for you (for a small fee). Start at the Ginn Mill and receive a map of over 10 pub locations you’ll be crawling to either Friday or Saturday, plus drink special vouchers. There’s also a crawl departing from Nola Jane (Friday only) with its own food and drink specials, plus a scavenger hunt and some St. Paddy’s merch, too.

The Fainting Goat
The Fainting Goat
The Fainting Goat

Visit one of Denver’s Irish Pubs

March 17 – 18
If you can’t think of a better place to spend St. Paddy’s Day then at a local Irish pub, we salute you-just be prepared to throw a few elbows making your way to the bar. Denver’s got several good ol’ pubs from Broadway to Larimer Square that’ll be in full swing this weekend, pouring fresh pints as far as the eye can see. Check out Scruffy Murphy’s, Nallen’s, The Irish Rover, Finley’s, The Celtic on Market, or the Fainting Goat for that SPD revelry you know, love, and trekked out for.

Photo courtesy of The OG/McGregor Square
Photo courtesy of The OG/McGregor Square
Photo courtesy of The OG/McGregor Square

Sip and savour St. Paddy’s themed bevvies

Through March 17
Everyone pulls out the green food dye and mint flavouring for St. Paddy’s, but there are some other creative drink specials to sample, too. The OG’s got a boozy milkshake for the occasion, aptly named “Who’s Your Paddy,” a mix of vanilla ice cream, Cr√®me de Menthe, Tullamore Dew, Bailey’s, and whipped cream. BEZEL’s Irish Matcha Man is pretty unique, with Teeling Small Batch whiskey, lime, thyme-infused honey, and matcha powder. And then Slater’s 50/50 takes it to another level (unsurprisingly) with its Lucky Mint Green Shake: mint-flavored ice cream in a frosting-rimmed glass with Lucky Charm marshmallows, rainbow stripe sour strips, whipped cream and green sprinkles. Other notable specials can be found at Poka Lola Social Club, Dairy Block’s Moo Bar, and Seven Grand.

Sing along and cheers to live music

March 17
Denver’s The Monkey Barrel is known for its regular live performances, and this St. Patrick’s Day you can tune in to Elijah Petty & The Part-Times and other musical guests if you’re in search of a chiller spot to sip your Guinness. Or, have one of the best burgers in town while relishing the shenanigans and live music of Cherry Cricket Cherry Creek this St. Paddy’s Day. Food and drink specials will also be available through the holiday weekend, so leave extra room or wear your stretchy (green) pants.

HRCA Race Series
HRCA Race Series
HRCA Race Series

Show your St. Paddy’s spirit by‚Ķ running?

March 18
Feeling restless? Or maybe you’re itching to get a few laps in before hammering down several pints this Saturday? Either way, Highlands Ranch is hosting its St. Patrick’s Day 5K where finishing the race gets you St. Patrick’s Day merch, an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, and of course, a complimentary pint courtesy of Living the Dream Brewing.

Holidaily Brewing Company
Holidaily Brewing Company
Holidaily Brewing Company

Drink and do good at Holidaily Brewing Co.

March 17
This St. Paddy’s Day, Holidaily and the Gluten Intolerance Group are putting on their Raise a Pint, Lend a Hand fundraiser. A special glitter and green Firkin tapping is happening at 4 pm at both taprooms, with special (and gluten-free) treats available at the Golden location, thanks to Farmhouse 5280 and Waive the Grain bakery. 10% of all St. Patrick’s Day sales will be donated to the Gluten Intolerance Group.

Talnua Distillery
Talnua Distillery
Talnua Distillery

Party at a local distillery

March 17 – 18
Talnua Distillery is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day bash to remember this year, featuring food trucks, live music, special themed cocktails, and more. Limited bottles of Talnua’s exclusive Olde Saint’s Keep whiskey will be available for purchase, which you can hang onto while you dance along to pipe bands or eat a brat or two from El Jefe’s.

Watch some Irish step dancing

March 17
Head on over to Stanley Marketplace to witness the talent and skill of the students at the Wick School of Irish Dance at 12 pm, and follow it up with a green cerveza at Cheluna Brewing Co. Of course, plenty of tasty lunch and dinner options are available around the marketplace so you can soak up a bit of that beer.

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Erica Buehler is a Denver-based freelance writer and editor. Follow her @e_buehler on Instagram and @e_buehler_ on Twitter for more updates on Denver food and other Mile High shenanigans.

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