Good New Denver Restuarant/Bar Concept: Tom’s Urban 24
Earlier this month, I was invited to taste the new beer and burger pairings at Smashburger. The Denver-based restaurant chain recently partnered with Ft. Collins-based New Belgium Brewery to provide pairings of each of its signature burgers with specific New Belgium brews. I tried each of the pairings and must say that the burgers and beers together were quite tasty. What intrigued me more, though, about my trip to Smashburger was actually speaking with its founder, Tom Ryan, about his newest venture: Tom’s Urban 24.
Located where Samba Room used to be at 15th and Larimer, Tom’s Urban 24 is scheduled to open sometime in mid-October, and will serve “modern comfort food with an urban twist.” Not knowing exactly what Tom meant by “modern comfort food with an urban twist,” I asked him to clarify. “You will always understand the noun, but you may not always recognize the adjective.” I asked for more detail. “We’ll serve tacos,” he elaborated,” but you might not expect what’s inside. We’ll serve pizza, but you might not expect what’s on top. We’ll have burgers and breakfast burritos, but they’ll be different than any burger or breakfast burrito you’ve ever had. Trust me, though, they’ll be very delightful.” My attention was captured, and Tom kept going.
The restaurant will have two full levels of dining, it will have a full bar seating approximately 25 people, it will be open 24 hours a day (serving a full breakfast menu and featuring special drinks for each part of the day), the food/beer/spirits will have a local focus, and Tom plans for it to be one of the most affordable restaurants in Larimer Square. “We’re democratizing Larimer Square,” he said, noting the fact that restaurants in Larimer Square tend to be some of the priciest in the city.
I have to say, I’m excited about a new concept that elevates the Denver dining scene while remaining affordable (especially in Larimer Square), I’m intrigued by the fact that the restaurant will be open 24 hours a day, and I’m curious to see what Tom has in store for us in terms of the menu items. Most of all, though, I feel so lucky to be able to live and work in a city with a fantastic dining scene that continues to evolve, innovate, elevate, and redefine what it means to go out to eat or drink–and that is one of the many reasons why this blog is called The Good Life Denver!
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