Colfax Avenue Roundup: Cheese, Sushi and a Cajun Juke Joint

Waffles with Gouda spread and Vermont maple cultured butter at New World Cheese.EXPAND
Waffles with Gouda spread and Vermont maple cultured butter at New World Cheese.
Mark Antonation

Tasty Colfax kicks off tonight with its seventh annual food crawl in the Bluebird District, including stops at twenty restaurants — but not Mezcal, which closed on June 7 for a massive overhaul and won't reopen until the end of summer. But there's quite a consolation prize: a new cheese shop that opened Sunday and will be part of tonight's movable feast. And there are more changes in store along East Colfax Avenue.

New World Cheese sells cheese and more.EXPAND
New World Cheese sells cheese and more.
Mark Antonation

New World Cheese, a retail cheese shop and cafe, opened this past Sunday in the Lowenstein complex in a space formerly occupied by Red Mango frozen-yogurt shop. Owner Teresa St. Peter, who'd worked for sixteen years as a Denver City Council aide, says the opening went so well that there was a line out the door and the shop sold out of nearly every piece of cheese on hand. As the name suggests, New World focuses on dairy products made in the Americas, with quite a few Colorado dairies represented on the shelves. "European cheeses are gorgeous," St. Peter explains, "but the fun thing for me is learning about these producers who went to Europe and brought back what they learned."

Owner Teresa St. Peter's mother created the art inside the shop.EXPAND
Owner Teresa St. Peter's mother created the art inside the shop.
Mark Antonation

And since FDA regulations make it tough to import some of Europe's finest raw-milk cheeses, she decided to work with artisans who have mastered the skill of cheese-making closer to home. Along with products from the Ugly Goat Dairy, Avalanche and Fruition Farms in Colorado, you'll find items from River's Edge in Oregon, Charleston Artisan Cheese House in South Carolina, and even an aged vegan farmhouse cheese from Miyoko's Creamery in California. A small menu of cheese-based bites and sandwiches (you know the grilled cheese is going to be good with a selection like this) is also available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

St. Peter notes that the American Cheese Society is based in Denver and has been very supportive of the new shop and the artisan cheese business in general, as have other members of the community. Restaurateur Alex Seidel called St. Peter when he was opening Mercantile Dining & Provision, and she worked with him for two months before and two months after the Union Station restaurant opened to help set up and run the restaurant's cheese counter. "Part of our program here is about education," she adds. "We don't want people to take home a $40 cheese and be disappointed." 

Colfax Avenue Roundup: Cheese, Sushi and a Cajun Juke JointEXPAND
Mark Antonation

Just east of the Lowenstein, Park House, which opened in 2012 as a bar and live-music venue, sports new signs announcing Peacemaker's Juke Joint and Cajun Kitchen. Turns out the restaurant, which is open (but not part of Tasty Colfax) is transitioning from Park House to Peacemaker's, but while the Park House name will eventually disappear, the focus on live music will remain. There's a new chef and a new menu featuring classic Cajun small plates, from chicken and sausage gumbo to red beans and rice, along with a handful of Southern-inflected burgers and po'boys. 

Park House is slowly becoming Peacemaker's Juke Joint and Cajun Kitchen.EXPAND
Park House is slowly becoming Peacemaker's Juke Joint and Cajun Kitchen.
Mark Antonation

And just past the Bluebird District, Izu Sushi, which first showed signs of construction more than a year ago, is finally open for business. It's just two doors down from Voodoo Doughnut — perfect for a raw fish and fried dough dinner-and -dessert combo.

Izu Sushi is now open on Colfax.EXPAND
Izu Sushi is now open on Colfax.
Mark Antonation
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New World Cheese

2504 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, Colorado 80206

303-484-8110

newworldcheese.com

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Izu Sushi

1528 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80220

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Mezcal

3230 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206

303-322-5219

www.mezcalcolorado.com

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Park House / Peacemaker's Cajun Kitchen - Closed

1515 Madison St.
Denver, CO 80206

303-321-0585

www.parkhousedenver.com


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