With the opening of Grange Hall, Troy Guard has joined the ranks of restaurateurs running food halls.
Located in Greenwood Village, the almost 13,000-square-foot space was taken over by the TAG Restaurant Group in 2019 after an outpost of the brewpub chain C.B. & Potts closed. Now, the large, high-ceiling space is packed with nine concepts, a full bar, a small brewery, space for concerts and events, and an outdoor patio with a great view of Pike’s Peak and the Front Range. While not every eatery had moved in by opening day, Sept. 23, they are expected to launch in the next couple weeks.
From TAG Restaurant Group, the food hall’s concepts include Crazy Love Pizza, Rado Burgers and the fourth location of the group’s Bubu, which serves healthy build-you-own bowls. Crazy Love Pizza is the first pizza joint opened by Guard, and guests can enjoy the Sicilian-style pie either whole ($16-$24) or by the square slice ($4-$6), all cooked in the handsome Italian Morello Forni oven situated right behind the counter. Toppings may vary, but always include three-cheese and pepperoni. Look for combinations such as fried chicken with hot honey, and River Bear salami with arugula, local goat cheese and Pueblo green chili.
While pizza is new for Guard, burgers are not, and the list of sauces, toppings and types of hamburgers to order at Rado Burgers showcase the chef’s love for this dish. The truffle burger ($12.50) was amazing, and had the surprise addition of potato chips pressed between the mushrooms, meat and cheese. Each burger comes on a locally-made Harvest Moon Baking Co. bun, and can be served as a single ($8.25) or double ($12.25) patty, created with 100% Colorado-raised beef. Top it with grilled shrimp, foie gras, a duck egg, fried pickles and more. Also add a side of Kennebec fries ($3.95) or sweet potato fries ($4.75).
There are restaurant options outside the TAG orbit as well, such as The Crack Shack, the first Denver location of the San Diego mini-chain that specializes in Southern California-style fried chicken, chicken sandwiches ($12) and shmaltz fries ($3-$6). Add the Grange Fries ($13) if a nap is also in future plans.
When you walk into Grange Hall look for Uptown & Humboldt, chef Gio Dia’s Mediterranean street food stall. Dia has been prominent in the food truck scene since January 2020, and this is his first intro into a more permanent spot. Near the bar is Eiskaffee, a German-inspired coffee and ice cream stand created by Erika Thomas and Chad Stutz, who run the mini-chain High Point Creamery. Prices start at $3.95 a scoop and $5.25 for specialty coffee drinks.
A couple eateries haven’t opened yet, such as Honey Fish from Jianxiong Li, the owner of Mizu Izakaya in LoHi. Coming in October, this spot will bring temaki handrolls and sushi to Grange Hall. The ninth stall is a rotating pop-up. First to launch will be J Dawgs, though the exact opening date hasn’t been released yet.
Don’t forget about the micro-brewery, Little Dry Creek Brewing Company, which is the first brewery TAG Restaurant Group has tackled. Head brewmaster Ty Nash has created 10 beers on draft, with a push for German styles. Options range from IPA to brown ale to hefeweizen to brut bier. Each pint runs $7 each, and the bar also serves cocktails starting at $10. The hope, said Guard, is to start making enough beer here to bring to his other restaurants.
With plenty of room to move around in, different pockets of tables and seating, and plenty of food options, Grange Hall is the kind of place great for kids and adults. There’s corn hole outside on the patio, Pac-Man set up inside, and a shuffleboard table is coming, Guard said. The idea, he added, is to make the food hall a community place, full of entertainment and delicious eats, and creative and classic drinks. As of 4 p.m. on Sept. 23, the doors have been open to the public, and parking can be found right in front in the smaller parking area, and slightly down the hill in a larger lot.
Grange Hall, 6575 South Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, Greenwood Village. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. tagrestaurantgroup.com/grangehallcolorado
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