Since Drew Shader took over the Atomic Cowboy in 2004, it's evolved -- with the help of his wife, Ashleigh -- into five different concepts. The bar is front and center, but it houses two restaurants -- Denver Biscuit Company and Fat Sully's -- and serves as the commissary kitchen for the Biscuit Bus and Sully's Slice Truck.
Seven years later, that operation is getting airtime on a pair of Cooking Channel shows.
Tonight at 6 p.m., Eat Street -- the street-food focused program hosted by James Cunningham -- will take on the Biscuit Bus. "We start in front of the restaurant," explains executive chef Jonathan Larsen. "People always ask us how we're affiliated with the Atomic Cowboy, so this kind of ties it in." The show then follows the truck crew as they prep and cook, turning out the Franklin, the Elmer, biscuits and gravy and biscuit cinnamon rolls to crowds.
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The restaurant plans to screen the show in celebration, and Larsen says the place will be serving biscuits until 8 p.m. Friends and interested patrons are invited to come in starting at 5 to join the party. "It'll be pretty low-key," says the chef. "We're expecting a lot of regulars.
If you can't make it tonight, you've got another chance to catch the joint on television. On December 7, the restaurant itself -- which is really five concepts under one roof, if you count Fat Sully's, the Atomic Cowboy, Denver Biscuit Company, the Biscuit Bus and Sully's Slice Truck -- has a spot on Unique Eats, the Cooking Channel show that focuses on "America's most exciting and revolutionary restaurants."
In anticipation, "we brought back the pot pie that will be featured," says Larsen. He also says the place will likely host a party for that screening, too.