Yesterday afternoon, while stopped at the light at Sixth and Broadway, I noticed a pair of construction workers maneuvering a sign -- a big sign that kept swaying -- up the side of the brick building whose former tenant was Daphne's Greek Cafe, which closed just over a year ago. When we announced that Daphne's had shuttered, several Cafe Society readers weighed in with their picks of who they wanted to take over the space -- a space that's prime stamping ground for a restaurant. Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, a prolific local chain, was mentioned, while someone else pleaded for a breakfast diner.
How about Indian?
Amar Singh, the owner of Bombay Bowl, a fast-casual curry house that opened in 2009 in Centennial, is bringing a second outpost to the city, in the same congested mini-mall at 575 Lincoln Street that already houses Jamba Juice, Sonoda's, Il Vicino, Chipotle and Noodles & Company -- and lots of hungry foot traffic.
"We wanted to try our concept in a more urban neighborhood, and there's a lot of visibility in this location, plus it's definitely the demographic we target," explains Singh, who has already passed his final inspections and received his certificate of occupancy. "We're adding the last minor finishes, waiting for the rest of the furniture to arrive and hiring and training staff," he says.
The menu, he notes, will mirror the one he offers at the Centennial address, but he's expanding the board to include Indian street food -- specifically aloo tikki chaat and samosa chaat -- along with rotis (the Indian equivalent of a burrito) and sandwiches, all made with naan. The sandwiches are "very, very good," insists Singh, "and we're offering several different options, all of which are made with pickled onions, romaine lettuce and chutneys." And, he says, the menu will continue to focus on healthy ingredients, coupled with numerous vegetarian and gluten-free alternatives.
Singh is pushing to unlock the doors during the week of April 18, and once he gets the space up and jiving, he'll start scouting other locations in Denver and Boulder. "We're working on opening a few more locations -- at least two more -- by the end of the year, and I'd love to open in Boulder if we find the right space, but right now, I'm focusing on making this location as good as it can be," says Singh.
When the store opens, hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m, Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. For more info, call 303-645-4681.