First Look: Honor Society Handcrafted Eatery to Open in August

Chef Justin Brunson wants you to honor your belly at Honor Society.EXPAND
Chef Justin Brunson wants you to honor your belly at Honor Society.
Danielle Lirette

With the success of LoHi pork palace Old Major, the focus on chef-owner Justin Brunson's career of late has been on his haute cuisine, so much so that it's easy to forget his Denver debut as a restaurateur: a humble, counter-service sandwich shop called Masterpiece Delicatessen. There are two of those now, quietly chugging along and serving some of Denver's best lunchtime bites on bread while Old Major hogs the prime-time spotlight. But Brunson's not content to rest easy with three eateries; he's been busy this summer, and the result, Honor Society Handcrafted Eatery, will combine the best of the chef's two worlds: impeccably sourced, farm-fresh ingredients worthy of Old Major's kitchen, and a quick-service model that captures the deli's laid-back vibe. Honor Society is expected to open in mid-August in the warren of new office buildings that have mushroomed up between Union Station and the Millennium Bridge.

Honor Society is the result of a partnership between Brunson, Jonas Tempel, Rob Alvarado and Ian Smith, who all have extensive restaurant and brand-management experience. The resulting collaboration is a sleek yet comfortable space with a high-tech ordering system and fast-casual counter service supplemented by a full-service bar and softened by rustic textures and upcycled elements.

Brunson calls the concept "fast fine" and says it will feature high-quality meats and seasonal produce sourced with the same rigor as it is at Old Major. He also points out that nutritional breakdowns will be available for all menu items, as the focus will be on healthy eating, with dishes like cedar-plank salmon, grilled flank steak and gluten-free fried chicken with a chia-seed crust for dinner, and acai bowls, organic yogurt parfaits and fruit smoothies for breakfast. Flatbreads and sandwiches will round out the lunch and dinner offerings.

Honor Society will be open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with hours from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and menu items priced at $8 to $14. Keep reading for more food and interior photos.

The Honor salad with curls of watermelon radish.EXPAND
The Honor salad with curls of watermelon radish.
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Farmer flatbread.EXPAND
Farmer flatbread.
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Honor Society's chicken sandwich.EXPAND
Honor Society's chicken sandwich.
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The vegetarian breakfast burritos are a little more demure than the standard Denver foil-wrapped bombs.EXPAND
The vegetarian breakfast burritos are a little more demure than the standard Denver foil-wrapped bombs.
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Foraged-mushroom flatbread.EXPAND
Foraged-mushroom flatbread.
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Co-founder and self-proclaimed "innovation chef" Justin Brunson.EXPAND
Co-founder and self-proclaimed "innovation chef" Justin Brunson.
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Bar purveyor Angie Battillo prepares a Vodka Fix.EXPAND
Bar purveyor Angie Battillo prepares a Vodka Fix.
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A finished Vodka Fix.EXPAND
A finished Vodka Fix.
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The Millennial Sour.EXPAND
The Millennial Sour.
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The fast-casual order counter.EXPAND
The fast-casual order counter.
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Behind the counter.EXPAND
Behind the counter.
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The menu will focus on seasonal, farm-fresh produce.EXPAND
The menu will focus on seasonal, farm-fresh produce.
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Artistic elements highlight the dining room.EXPAND
Artistic elements highlight the dining room.
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The full-service bar.EXPAND
The full-service bar.
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Window seating facing 16th Street.EXPAND
Window seating facing 16th Street.
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Rustic and industrial details come together.EXPAND
Rustic and industrial details come together.
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Honor Society is expected to open in mid- to late August.EXPAND
Honor Society is expected to open in mid- to late August.
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A permanent sunset inside Honor Society.EXPAND
A permanent sunset inside Honor Society.
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Honor Society's breakfast menu.
Honor Society's breakfast menu.
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Honor Society Handcrafted Eatery

1900 16th St.
Denver, Colorado 80202

720-420-0614

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