Craig has a throwback Americana vibe replete with star-spangled streets, buzzing county fairgrounds, a cowboy museum, and Friday-night bingo at the Elks Lodge. The quiet Northern Colorado town—christened the elk hunting capital of the world—welcomed the area’s first food hall in September, spicing up the local culinary landscape with a fresh community hub.
Four Points Funding—an investment firm identifying economic vitality opportunities in emerging Colorado communities—transformed the former Boy-Ko Supply Warehouse building into the Warehouse Food Hall, debuting three restaurant stalls, a full bar, quaint coffee shop, and a retail marketplace.
The Warehouse is modeled after trending Front Range food halls—even borrowing the popular industrial feel with concrete floors, steel beams and shipping crate stalls—but the vetted food stall vendors bring their own local roots and regionally farmed fare to the lineup. The Warehouse Grill serves queso blanco fries ($9), chicken tender baskets ($10–$12) and a range of hand-ground and pressed burgers all using High Country Custom Beef from Craig-based ranchers. The three-slider option ($12) makes for a hefty, satisfying lunch. We recommend the mushroom and Swiss; the guacamole-laden southwest; and the creamy cheese sauce–smothered queso blanco slider. At the Warehouse Deli, you’ll find hot, melty sandwiches—like the popular grilled gouda BLT ($5) with bacon from Little Ross Ranch in Hayden—and crisp salads that include a zippy buffalo chicken version ($7).
The café serves Wendell’s White River Roasters coffee sourced from nearby Meeker in all the classic forms, from lattes to macchiatos. Rimming the food hall’s roll-up garage doors are comfy leather couches with coffee tables full of board games and a full-service bar pouring California wines, Colorado brews, hard seltzers, margaritas, and cocktails like a playfully low-calorie cucumber-lime vodka and soda water. One more food stall spot has yet to be filled, but the community is already making the spot their own.
“Our varied audience was obvious during our grand opening weekend,” says Four Points Funding partner Amanda Montgomery. “We had locals that wanted a burger and beer. We had a group of high schoolers that got salads and burgers and wiped us out of ice cream. We had retirees that sat and people watched. We had 20-somethings that ordered specialty cocktails.”
An open-concept marketplace selling Colorado-made goods rounds out the warehouse space with racks of regionally crafted art, jewelry, snacks, beeswax candles, and a deep freeze full of vacuum-sealed meats from surrounding area family farms. Nab a New York strip ($16/pound), brisket ($9), and back ribs ($9) for later.
Each food stall vendor is beginning with a six-month lease to see if the space is a good fit, which operators say they hope will keep things interesting—not that there isn’t plenty to enjoy already. The food hall’s front patio offers picnic tables and a fire pit—and visitors can watch for cornhole tournaments (there’s a local league), live music, karaoke, salsa dancing nights, and food trucks to join the party this winter.
1589 W. Victory Way, Craig