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The Golden Mill, Golden’s newest food hall. Photo by From the Hip Photo
Eat and Drink

A Food Hall Joins Golden’s Booming Restaurant Scene

The Golden Mill is the latest addition to the town’s growing roster of new or expanded restaurants and culinary businesses.

A piece of Centennial State history was reborn on April 16 at the official opening of the Golden Mill, a food hall situated in a flour-mill-turned-feed-store that operated from 1865 to 2018. The spot is the brainchild of five Golden residents—Susan and Wes Ganter, Don and Jayme Martin, and Corby Felsher—who wanted to preserve the storied landmark while creating a gathering place for the community.

After purchasing the property in 2018, the group transformed it into a contemporary space with the help of Mark Shaker, founder of Stanley Marketplace and Broadway Market. In three years, builders conjoined the mill’s two separate structures into one, adding five kitchen-equipped food stalls, two bar areas, and a sprawling rooftop patio. Despite its modern features, pieces of history are woven throughout the space, from the Golden Mill signage facing Ford Street and walls bedecked with 19th-century-era images of the mill to the name given to one of the self-pour beer walls (Old Reliable, a nod to the site’s flour-productions days). “We wanted to do right by the history of the mill and the community of Golden,” says co-owner Susan Ganter.

Inside, diners can wet their whistles at 42-tap and 16-tap self-pour beverage walls on the main floor and rooftop, respectively. Most of the rotating taps are occupied by Colorado breweries, from Golden City Brewing to Telluride Brewing Co., but a handful also pour wine, cocktails, kombucha, and other beverages. Bites are provided by five food stalls, three of which are operated by chef Jesusio Silva (Misaki at Stanley, Tora Ramen, and others). 

Offerings from Silva include Tacos al Chile’s street tacos and gorditas; Republik of Chiken’s stacked fried chicken sandwiches; and Sushi Sora’s sushi, sashimi, and poke bowls. Smoked meats, including ribs, pulled pork, and brisket from Rolling Smoke BBQ and fruit-infused, New Zealand–style ice cream from Happy Cones round out the lineup. While you can’t go wrong visiting any of the stalls, we recommend a stop at Sushi Sora, where Silva produces artfully plated creations with fresh seafood flown in from coasts around the world.

The Golden Mill’s sweet rooftop, which sports wraparound vistas of Golden’s Clear Creek, Mount Zion, and Table Mountain, and thoughtful food and beverage program earn it serious summer hangout cred. But the food hall (1012 Ford St., Golden) isn’t the only restaurant and bar heating up Golden’s dining scene. Here are more newer or soon-to-open spots to check out:

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