Hungry this morning? The Kolache Cabin is now camped at the intersection of Alameda and Santa Fe, where it sells a wide variety of breakfast and lunch pastries that take the traditional kolache on quite a trip.
The kolache is an Eastern European bun-like puffed pastry that can be filled with anything from fruit to sausage and gravy. Although the kolache is a ittle-known treat in Colorado, it is such southern staple that a lot of the Kolache Cabin's first customers drove up expecting to find a Texan behind the business. But the Cabin's owner, who goes by the name Munson, is a California native who has been in Colorado for the past eighteen years.
Not all of those years were spent in the culinary world. In fact, Munson used to work as a sports massage therapist. Once that industry began to decline, he started exploring the food-truck business. A frequent patron of the now-closed Kolache Factory in Lakewood, Munson saw a gap in the market...and his opportunity.
"Nobody has anything good for breakfast," he says. So Munson took matters into his own hands, reviving the kolache in Denver before someone else did -- and helping stave off that early-morning drought in the process. He's now cooking up breakfast and lunch varieties with Jeremy "Chicken" B. Gock, who has long been into the industrial music scene. They're an unexpected pair, but the kolache they create are unexpected, too.
And they had to educate passersby to the possibiities, by giving out free samples to drivers stuck in traffic on Santa Fe and luring customers with catchy slogans. "I had to start with 'Imagine gourmet Hot Pockets'," Munson says. But he's hoping to move beyond that comparison soon and have his kolaches stand on their own.
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They offer three breakfast and three lunch options every day, with some vegetarian options. According to Gock, the bacon, jalapeno and egg kolache has been the biggest hit so far; mushroom, spinach, egg and jack cheese or bacon macaroni and cheese versions are also available.
That's a lot of big flavor coming from a tiny drive-thru bakery. The kolaches are baked every morning, and when they sell out of one flavor, the cooks move onto another. It's all part of the learning process that comes with a new business.
When he reads about other food trucks in the area and the passion and dedication behind their creation, Munson doesn't quite buy it. "I'm just fat and I know what I like," he explains. "I'm hoping other people like it, too."
For now, the Kolache Cabin is open from 6 a.m. to about 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Munson says he's trying to open up earlier; he's also looking at getting into some of the festivals in the area. Follow the Kolache Cabin on Facebook for updates.