Harvard Gulch Breakfast Spot Maddie's Set for Grand Reopening in Big New Space

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Gayor Geller opened Maddie's in 2013 at 2423 South Downing, naming the tiny breakfast eatery after his daughter. Maddie was just a toddler at the time, and only three years have passed since then, but her namesake restaurant has grown up. Later this month, Geller will unveil a brand-new version of Maddie's — right next door to the original — that will seat more than four times the number of guests in what was once a neighborhood service station.

The grand opening, scheduled for November 26 and 27, comes after years of planning and an extensive renovation of the gas station. Geller and his family owned both properties before the original Maddie's opened and always intended to convert the 1950s-era building into a restaurant. Two glass garage doors and a covered driveway (where gas pumps once stood) give away the building's origins, but modern features have been added, including an expansive patio, an outdoor fireplace and an open kitchen with big windows looking out onto Downing Street.

Geller was born and raised in the Harvard Gulch neighborhood where Maddie's stands, and he also earned a law degree from the nearby University of Denver. Before opening his restaurant, he earned accreditation from the American Culinary Federation and completed the cooking program at Cook Street School of Culinary Arts.

Little Maddie's is now closed as Geller and his team transition to the new space, but the big new Maddie's will be ready to serve breakfast at 7 a.m., as it always has, come opening day.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.