When a second Waffle Brothers opens later this month on the Hill in Boulder, you can expect more than just waffles: "There will be a sexy Australian up there, too," teases Rod Dupen, who hails from Sydney and owns the Waffle Brothers in Denver with business partner John Power, who's definitely not Australian. (He's from Las Vegas.)
The two sexy males, who opened their first brick-and-mortar last April after running a successful mobile food cart on the 16th Street Mall, snapped up a tiny -- very tiny -- 236-square-foot space at 1326 College Avenue. "Because of the small size, it's more of a grab-and-go place, unlike our Denver location, which has plenty of seating," says Dupen, adding that the Boulder store won't have any seating at all, save for a few patio tables.
Also unlike the Denver Waffle Brothers, the new one will stay open late, until 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights to hustle grub to drunken collegians jonesing for something more substantial than a slice of pizza -- something like a sausage, egg, cheese and waffle breakfast sandwich. "The menu will be waffles -- and only waffles with the exception of an eggs, bacon and waffle breakfast plate -- and we're introducing a waffle sandwich that's big and hearty and really, really good," Dupen says.
And while the Denver store dishes out more than waffles -- there are numerous sandwiches, too -- it doesn't yet lay bragging rights to the waffle breakfast sandwich, but on January 1, it will. "We're going to introduce it in Denver on New Year's Day as a hangover breakfast," Dupen notes.
If that -- and the takeout operation in Boulder -- does well, Dupen says that he and Power will expand. "This was a model in our original business plans, and if it's successful, then we'll do a few more around town," he tells me, revealing, too, that he and Powers are also looking for a space to open another Waffle Brothers similar to the Denver location. He won't divulge where, only that he'd like to evolve the menu beyond waffles and sandwiches. "I'm thinking fried chicken," he muses, because, as we all know, fried chicken and waffles are a match made in culinary utopia.
When the Boulder Waffle Brothers opens -- Dupen is shooting for the week after Christmas -- it'll serve waffles, all day, every day.
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