Four months ago, the Archive Room, which originally opened in 2009 in Olde Town Arvada, a charming neighborhood that boasts an abundance of bars and restaurants, underwent some major changes, including a big one in the kitchen: Aaron Youngblood, the former exec chef of the now-gone Dixons, took over the line and overhauled the menu, transitioning it from basic bar grub to a seasonally-inspired board that favored locality, including produce from a plot at a nearby community garden, where Youngblood was growing herbs and tomatoes.
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The beer syllabus had turned craft, too, featuring several local beers, including brews from Arvada Beer Co and Yak and Yeti. And the space, which originally had the feel of a sports bar with enough TVs to outfit a Best Buy, was remodeled to reflect a classier vibe.
Despite all the positive changes, however, the Archive Room, which is the sister restaurant to the Pour House Pub, in LoDo, closed on Sunday, leaving in its archive a grandiose space -- fireplace included. It's a lovely space, and given the proliferation of new watering holes and restaurants in Olde Town Arvada, our guess is that it likely won't stay vacant for long.