Not too much time passed between when Billy's Gourmet Hot Dogs closed at 2950 South Broadway in Englewood and when new banners appeared announcing the imminent arrival of Grillerz Pub, a new eatery set to open on June 1. Manager and co-owner Kathleen Thompson says she had to move quickly to secure the space, because she knew it was a great location for her concept.
Grillerz fits the mold of bars like Twin Peaks, the Tilted Kilt and Hooters, only Thompson's waitstaff will sport black leather vests and chaps over boy shorts, giving the place somewhat of a biker theme. In fact, the outfits were custom-made by Arvada's Twin Peaks Leather (no relation to the chain restaurant), a shop that specializes in motorcycle gear.
Thompson, who moved to Denver from Sarasota, Florida, is transforming the former hot dog eatery into a complete bar and grill, with a full liquor license, digital jukeboxes and a small stage for live music on the weekends. Burgers and hand-cut fries will be the mainstay, but other options will include a mahi mahi sandwich, fajitas, tacos and a range of bar snacks. She says permanent outdoor signs have been ordered, but in the meantime, new banners will cover the old Billy's signs in time for the June 1 soft opening. After that, Thompson is planning a grand-opening party with DJs from KBPI in attendance and plenty of giveaways for guests.
Grillerz will take advantage of the location on busy South Broadway by staying open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.