Front Range Scene

The 5280 Guide to South Pearl Street

South Pearl Street, the hip epicenter of the Platt Park neighborhood, has long housed some of Denver’s finest eateries and boutiques. But this beloved stretch of real estate has recently undergone a renaissance, with several new restaurants and shops opening in the past year—and more to come. Here, we present you with a few of the new additions.

October 2013

1/Play Dress Up
The narrow space that formerly housed PJ’s Boutique now holds Paige on Pearl. Different name, same great taste: Find an array of cute cocktail dresses, soft denim from James Jeans, and fashionable tops from Free People—and locally made bling to accompany each. 1509 S. Pearl St., 303-777-8912, paigeonpearl.com

2/Family Matters
If the shoe—or dress or shirt—doesn’t fit at Paige on Pearl’s, head across the street to Melrose & Madison, named for New York City’s and Los Angeles’ major fashion avenues. Mother-and-daughter team Kristen and Paige Brown opened the women’s clothing and accessories boutique in early September using their penchant for big-city brands like Rebecca Taylor, Ella Moss, and Rory Beca. 1500 S. Pearl St., 303-777-7515, shopmelandmad.com


3/Space Swap
The new incarnation of Izakaya Den, which recently moved from its old space across the street to a new high-gloss location adjacent to Sushi Den, is just as stunning and delectable (mmm…hoisin duck crostini) as the original version. And the rooftop patio, which will be open until it’s too cold to enjoy, might just make it a little better. 1487-A S. Pearl St., 303-777-0691, izakayaden.net

4/Represent
Native or not, we’re all proud to announce our Colorado citizenship to the world—on T-shirts, hoodies, hats, socks, baby clothes, and even bathing suits (all cleverly emblazoned with the Colorado flag) from the four-month-old Colorado Limited. 1525 S. Pearl St., 720-323-6125, coloradolimited.com

5/New Spice
At the two-month-old Uno Mas Taqueria y Cantina, chef Drew Middleton ups the ante on traditional Mexican tacos by smoking whole animals—locally raised pigs, goats, and sheep, for example—and complementing them with a variety of salsas and other south of the border–style toppings. Pair your meal with something from the extensive collection of mezcal and small-batch tequilas. 1585 S. Pearl St., 303-777-2866, unomastaqueria.com

6/Standout
Session Kitchen, the newest addition to the Breckenridge-Wynkoop company family, looks nothing like its beer ‘n’ burgers relatives. Later this month, executive chef Scott Parker, formerly of Table 6, will begin churning out globally inspired cuisine—portioned, or
“sessioned,” the way you want it—accompanied by custom cocktails, craft beer (duh), and top-shelf wines in a casual, East-meets-West environment. 1518 S. Pearl St., sessionkitchen.com

7/High Low
Year-old Fourteen Seventy-Two’s menu brims with decadent low-country (read: not low-calorie) cuisine like shrimp and grits, chipotle-maple wild boar ribs, she-crab soup, and chicken and waffles, all best enjoyed on one of the patio areas—so long as you’ve brought a sweater. If you didn’t, well, you know where to pick one up. 1472 S. Pearl St., 303-325-1447, fourteenseventytwo.com

8/Coming Soon!
The eighth offering from the Tavern Hospitality Group (Tavern Uptown, Tavern Wash Park, etc.) brings the chain’s well-loved version of the sports bar to Platt Park in the former India’s Pearl space. No opening date has been set, but they have picked a name: the not-surprising Tavern Platt Park. 1475 S. Pearl St., tavernhg.com