December 17 2008, 8:09 AM
The January issue of Food & Wine forecasts the restaurant trends of 2009, and one of those predictions--grocery shops--is already in the works here in Denver. Of course, there are Uptown's Marczyk Fine Foods and the eight-month-old Urban Pantry on South Broadway, but now Patrick Mangold-White (Gaia Bistro) is hoping to bring the trend to Highland at West 32nd Avenue and Julian Street. Mangold-White, who co-opened Platt Park's Pajama Baking Company (but is no longer affiliated), is working to open an indoor-style farmers' market with a small cafe, goods from a featured farmer and Colorado producers, local baked goods, and high-end sodas. (Think the Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco on a small scale.) "I'd love to bring in some artisan shops," says Mangold-White. "I want to complement the block; I don't want to be competition or piss anyone off." Bonus: Fuel CafÃ©, one of our favorite new eateries, also receives a mention in the foodie mag for its Thursday-night dinners. And, a few pages later, chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson from Frasca shares a recipe for antipasto salad.