Ladd focuses more on the cocktail and wine side of the list, creating house-infused spirits like vanilla cardomom vodka, Earl Gray gin and ginger-infused moonshine, which he'll use in his version of a Moscow Mule. He's also attended culinary school and has experience in both the front and back of the house, so he's put some thought into the food. The menu leans toward social food and bar-friendly bites -- "higher end bar food," as he puts it. That includes jarred snacks like whipped ricotta with house jam, grilled pickles and house-marinated olives. Small plates range from slow-baked wings to mussels with chorizo and white wine to praline bacon.Ladd and Topham are both excited to offer Denver a Philadelphia specialty: an Italian roast pork sandwich with sharp provolone, a spicy broccoli raab topping and, of course, "long hots," yellow peppers that help to define the sandwich as a Philly classic. Ladd says it doesn't get the attention of the more well-known cheese steak, but the sandwich is perhaps even more popular among Philadelphia natives.
This opening marks a quick turnaround from when they received the keys to the place -- they took over just over a month ago, when Renegade Publik House closed. Ladd says the bar has been over a year in planning, though. He was looking to open his own place in Denver last fall and wanted Topham in on it, so Topham packed up his family and was in Denver within five months, helping to scout locations. The DU spot was a lucky find, Ladd says, as they had almost decided on a less desirable location. In the past month, friends have chipped in, helping with the sign design, the buildout of the new bar top and the creation of hand-made tap handles.In addition to a list of 25 craft beers on tap, Topham points out "Grandpa's fridge," a vintage GE model that he plans to keep stocked with beers your grandfather probably drank -- like Genesee Cream Ale and other American classics.
Asbury Provisions opens on Monday, September 1 at 4 p.m.; there's a grand opening planned for September 5 with an all-day happy hour and other specials. Regular hours will be 4 p.m. to midnight Monday to Thursday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to midnight Sundays.