RiNo Getting Hotter and Hotter: #Denver

2014 December 11
by David Schlichter
RiNo Getting Hotter and Hotter (The Good Life Denver)

(Image Source: Industry website)

At the beginning of 2014, I wrote this article about how RiNo may be the most up-and-coming neighborhood in Denver.  Unsurprisingly, 2014 turned out to be a banner year for RiNo.  The Source celebrated one year in business, real estate values are up substantially (commercial rent in the area is up about 400% for many properties in the last 5 years; legal marijuana certainly hasn’t hurt), and new restaurants and businesses are popping up every month.

One of the most significant developments to hit RiNo in 2014 was Industry, a 120,000 square foot creative work space located at 30th and Brighton Blvd. that is home to several start-ups (such as Uber Denver) in a common space, in addition to three new restaurants: Tengu, Will Call, and Griffin (yet to open).  Industry is a beautiful and well-designed shared work space, and it is sure to energize the area in addition to those who work there.  The restaurants are exciting, too.  I visited Tengu the day after it opened, and it hit the spot.  The menu is simple.  Five types of ramen are offered as the main course–each is filling and priced at a modest $10, and there is a small selection of appetizers and yakitori (served after 3pm).  The space is intimate, the service is quick, and the food is Good.

Tengu in RiNo (The Good Life Denver)

Despite being open less than a week, Tengu is already packed.

Will Call, next door, is a tavern serving drinks and a menu of burgers and arepas.  The arepas look delicious, with several options including the huevo (chorizo, buttery white melting cheese, and a raw egg) and the RiNo (ginger black bean paste, grilled onion, grilled shoshito pepper, and buttery white melting cheese).  Will Call is open late, from 11am-2am, and it offers a happy hour from 10pm-close.

Griffin, opening soon, will be a German beer hall and restaurant focusing on menu items from Germany, Turkey, Denmark, Eastern Europe, and Alsace.  I’m looking forward to eating doner kebab in Denver (why doner kebab is missing in abundance in Denver is beyond me), but I’m most excited for Griffin’s 2,500 square foot outdoor beer garden (which will be the largest in Denver).

As 2014 wraps up, do I still believe RiNo is one of the most up-and-coming neighborhoods in Denver?  Absolutely.  2015 will be another exceptionally Good year for RiNo.  Watch out for another game-changing development in summer 2015 called The Market at the H.H. Tammen Building, which will be a 12,000 square foot culinary emporium and food hall between 26th and 27th on Larimer from developer Ken Wolf and Jeff Osaka (James Beard semi-finalist/former chef of Twelve Restaurant, now closed).  The development will feature a rotisserie, ice cream parlor (finally–the area needs ice cream!), deli, salumi and cheese shop, fish market, produce and flowers, bakery, coffee house, candy store, butcher, wine bar, dry goods market, and dessert emporium.  Osaka will also be bringing two new restaurants to the area–one on the same block, Sushi-Rama, which will serve sushi to diners on conveyor belts, and one a block over, Osaka Ramen, which will be a ramen restaurant.

the market

A rendering of The Market at the H.H. Tammen Buidling (Image Source: LIVstudio website)

All of the new development that has already taken place in RiNo will continue to draw new businesses and residential projects, and with the east light rail line to the airport commencing service in 2016–with its first stop after Union Station at 38th and Blake–expect 2016 to only further hasten the dramatic changes that are taking place in the area immediately northeast of downtown Denver.

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