For the last few months, Goldenites have been able to watch the city’s second food hall take shape off Ford Street along Clear Creek. Now, they can finally know what to look forward to eating …
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For the last few months, Goldenites have been able to watch the city’s second food hall take shape off Ford Street along Clear Creek. Now, they can finally know what to look forward to eating inside once the doors open for business, an event now slated to happen in the spring.
Earlier this month, the owners of The Golden Mill announced that the space’s five new food stall tenants will include the Denver-area barbecue restaurant Rolling Smoke BBQ, an ice cream spot called Happy Cones, and three concepts from Denver chef Jesusio Silva.
Silva later told the Golden Transcript that those concepts will be called Tacos al Chile, Republic of Chicken and Sushi Tora. While Golden Mill will be the second location of Tacos al Chile, which serves street tacos popularized in Monterrey, Mexico and currently is part of the Broadway Market food hall in Denver, Silva said his other two concepts will be Golden originals.
“The idea of Republic of Chicken is to do five types of chicken,” Silva said. “I want to do like a Thai-style fried chicken, a Nashville-style, a Korean-style and a couple of others.”
Tora Sushi, meanwhile, will be the latest sushi offering from Silva, who has launched several other Denver sushi restaurants and counters.
“We are going to do some bad (explitive) sushi,” he said.
Rolling Smoke BBQ and Happy Cones will also be Golden outposts of businesses that have established themselves elsewhere in the metro area, with Rolling Smoke BBQ having locations in Centennial and Stanley Marketplace in Aurora and Happy Cones one in Edgewater.
“We’re old school barbecue,” said Rolling Smoke owner Terry Walsh. “There’s no gas with us it’s all hard wood so it’s true smoked meat.”
In a Facebook post announcing the expansion to Golden Mill, Happy Cones owner Hap Cameron said the opportunity was too good to pass up — even with the pandemic.
“As a team we weathered a lot in 2020, so this new leap seems doable with them and ya’ll our followers, some of you that have supported us from the start back in 2015 as an ice cream truck when it was a dream to have a shop,” he wrote.
The food hall will also have a bar as well as an upstairs patio with views of the river and North and South Table Mountain.
Silva said several of the vendors have locations in Stanley Marketplace and Broadway Market because the same development group that manages those two food halls is doing so for The Golden Mill.
However, that proof of concept could be an asset, particularly since The Golden Mill is slated to open during the COVID-19 pandemic — which likely means that the hall will be opening with a reduced seating capacity.
“It’s really hard to plan and open something right now,” said Silva. “It’s going to be hard to hire fast because we do not know how many people we are going to be able to seat in the place.”
Still, Silva said he is optimistic about the space’s future.
“I have been doing this for 20 years and cooking for 33 and I want to make a special place out in Golden,” he said. “And I think it’s going to be bad (expletive) when we open.”
Silva said the building is ready to move into but staff is waiting to open until later in the spring because of uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. However, that progress is visible from the outside. On Dec. 8, the a post was made to the Golden Mill Facebook page announcing that plywood had been pulled off to reveal the space’s glass garage doors.
“(Those) all open up to make the inside feel like outside and circulate fresh air throughout the Mill,” read the post. “One of these big doors faces Clear Creek and these two face our Backyard at Golden area, which we are designing to feel like a backyard for everybody.”
An opening date has not been set.
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