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Denver’s burgeoning food hall scene will gain another fresh addition this summer with the opening of Broadway Market. The 15,000-square-foot space—the brainchild of Eclectic Collective, a development team of seasoned food hall pros—will house around eight (still TBD) distinct food concepts.
“We’ve been looking at different neighborhoods, and one of our niches is finding opportunities for a community gathering space, where all the action is right now,” says Mark Shaker, a member of the team and one of the developers behind Stanley Marketplace. “More than anything, we want to be the local hangout for the Golden Triangle and Capitol Hill.”
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Besides Shaker, the Broadway Market includes Brad Arguello, cofounder of Avanti Food & Beverage, and Tim White and Chris Haugen of White Construction Group, who helped build the Source, Zeppelin Station, and Stanley Marketplace. Now, they’ll attempt to transform the former Denver home of Tony’s Market at 950 Broadway into a much-needed neighborhood haunt.
The hall will host an array of fast-casual eateries, featuring familiar names as well as new ventures from up-and-coming chefs. In addition to a pizza joint and coffee shop, the space will feature a central bar, community seating, and one or two retail stores.
By collaborating closely with the neighborhood association and local businesses, the developers hope they can not only build a successful enterprise, but a sense of community. “There’s a lot of history and tradition in that area, and we want to understand the community there and figure out how we can enhance the already strong culture,” Shaker says.
One of the ways they hope to do so is by is connecting the previously closed-off space to the energy of Broadway. Five folding doors will provide access to the outside on a nice day, with areas to sit and pop-up kiosks that can float between inside and out. Another method, according to Shaker, is by featuring work from local artists and hosting charity events.
“Our goal is just to bring an interesting concept to [the area], really engaging with the community and hopefully becoming a contributing member to the Golden Triangle,” Shaker says. With an impressive resumé of flourishing ventures between them, there’s a good chance that Eclectic Collective’s inaugural project will be able to fill the region’s food hall void.