Park Burger feels like a Denver institution even though owner Jean-Philippe Failyau opened the first one in Platt Park just under six years ago. Since then, he's added two more Park Burgers (one in Lower Highland and one in Hilltop), Park & Co. in Uptown, and a pizza place called Homegrown Tap & Dough to his growing stable of eateries (with a Park Burger in Kuwait scheduled to open later this year). And yesterday, he opened the doors to the newest Park Burger, this one a bar-centered, sporty space in River North that will offer an expanded menu, later hours and live music three nights a week in the young, hip neighborhood.
The new Park Burger shares space in the 2601 Walnut Street building with Biju's Little Curry Shop, Zephyr Brewing and the soon-to-open Osaka Ramen. More spacious than the original or the second location in Lower Highland, this one also features a big bar that director of operations Peter Newlin says was built to surpass the beer list at Park & Co. With forty tap handles and a list of eighty (and growing) mostly American whiskeys, the bar is a prominent feature in the dining area. Big garage doors open onto an ample patio with custom-made bench seating and additional bar stools that face back into the restaurant.
Four conjoined 55-inch TV screens adorn the back wall, all computer controlled so that they can display four separate channels or one big image. "I wanted a perfect image," explains Newlin. "These are commercially designed HD screens. I didn't want a projection sreen." A projector will be used in the outdoor space though, he adds, to screen movies at night in the summer months.
General manager T.J. McReynolds, who was previously the music director at Dazzle, explains that Park Burger will host live music — mostly mellower stuff like bluegrass, jazz and funk — three nights a week on the patio. Because of the neighborhood and younger demographic, the burger joint will be open late: from 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday, and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, with the kitchen serving food until midnight every night.
"We like seeing the changes in the neighborhood," notes Failyau. "We're glad to see all the construction and to be part of the growth."
Keep reading to see more photos of the new Park Burger RiNo.
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