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While restaurateurs around Denver are figuring out how to enclose their patios, twentysomethings Spencer Fronk and Andrew Palmquist are busy opening theirs up.

At Number 38, which debuted over the weekend at the far reaches of the River North Art District, Fronk and Palmquist can welcome as many as 175 diners, drinkers and music fans at a time to their 30,000-square-foot, indoor-outdoor venue.

It comprises an outside stage, attached to a restaurant, with four rotating food menus, and a beer hall with mini “taprooms” from as many as 24 Colorado breweries at a time.

Fronk says that when he was growing up and later going out in Denver, he noticed a “hole in the marketplace” where there should be venues that combine good live music with good local food and drinks.

“What we’re doing is solving that problem,” Fronk said, adding, “We’re 28 years old, and we’re building this for our demographic.”

And, luckily, from the time when the friends and their investors first started planning this buildout of an old neon sign factory three years ago, its business model seemed to already have COVID-19 precautions built in.

For starters, customers at Number 38 don’t pay an entry fee, but they do reserve seats and tables ahead of time online.

They’ll get wristbands at the door that allow for touchless payment of food at the counter and drinks at the bar (a credit card is registered, and an automatic 17.5% tip is added in at the end, so you don’t have to close out).

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But mostly, Number 38 is made for the Colorado outdoors. Its 18,000-square-foot patio extends from garage doors that will stay open year-round. There’s seating at picnic tables, on Adirondack chairs, and at bar rails that all face the central stage.

“Any time you’re here, there’s going to be some music or show happening,” Fronk said.

He envisions musicians, comedians, drag queens and other performers always on stage; volleyballs floating up in the air (because, yes, there are two regulation sand courts that will be rented by local leagues); friends sitting around with their tacos and bao buns; and snow falling on the ground.

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“Part of being a Coloradan is just putting on a parka and getting outside,” Fronk said.

But if live music, snow flurries and local beers aren’t your bag, there are other new dining destinations to find. Here are four more with equally creative options around town.

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Source:: The Denver Post – Lifestyle


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