Mornings grew a little sadder when the Kolache Factory closed on Wadsworth Boulevard three years ago. Fans of the baked buns stuffed with all manner of sweet and savory fillings made do for a time with the Kolache Cabin, which peddled breakfast and lunch pastries from a mobile hut at the corner of Santa Fe Drive and West Alameda Avenue. But it's been nearly a year since the Cabin vanished from Denver streets, creating a kolache crisis in the city. Now, just when our kolache-loving days were at their darkest, the Houston-based Kolache Factory is back, with a new location at 9998 West Colfax Avenue, serving breakfast and lunch buns and other baked treats.
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The new Kolache Factory, operated by franchisees Raza and Steven Boles, opened this morning at 6 a.m. and will continue daily service from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. The menu features fruit kolaches (with jammy toppings nestled into an indented bun); breakfast buns stuffed with eggs, cheese, sausage, bacon and other a.m. ingredients; and savory options like barbecue beef, pepperoni and Philly cheese steak. Coffee comes courtesy of Katz Coffee, also out of Houston.
With all this talk of Texas, you might think kolaches are a Texas thing. It's true that Kolache Factory got its start in Houston in 1982, but the puffy pastries actually originated in Eastern Europe and found their way to the Lone Star State with Czech immigrants who settled there.
Kolache Factory currently boasts more than fifty company-owned and franchised locations in nine states. The original Lakewood store, at 92 Wadsworth Boulevard, was the only Colorado location, but the franchise owners of the new West Colfax bakery have plans to add more stores in the state once they've re-established a kolache customer base. The new store offers call-ahead and online ordering, free wi-fi and big-screen televisions inside the 2,700-square-foot restaurant. For more info, visit kolachefactory.com.