A new bar and wood-fired pizzeria called Joy Hill is now open in a former antiques shop at 1229 South Broadway, but you wouldn't think it was new walking into the place. Owners Andy Templar and Julia Duncan-Roitman planned it that way, building a comfortable space that already feels lived in and welcoming.
"The idea is just a casual neighborhood bar," Templar explains. "The design is based on Julia's memories of her grandmother's house in California."
Duncan-Roitman is originally from Denver, and she met Templar while living in Brooklyn, where Templar helped open Union Hall, the Bell House and Floyd in various Brooklyn neighborhoods. The two took over the South Broadway address last year and added a kitchen, brick pizza oven and an assortment of ’70s furnishings in dark woods, leather and other warm finishes. Williams Construction completed the buildout, and the result is a split-level space with a bar in the front, a dining room and kitchen at the top of a short flight of stairs, a turret-like oven clad in antique tin ceiling tiles that spans the two floors, and a spacious rooftop deck with a beautiful view of the mountains.
Templar notes that Joy Hill is a bar first and a restaurant second, but there's still an emphasis on quality in the pizza. "We do a naturally leavened sourdough pizza using organic and mostly local flour," says general manager Colette Dante, who adds that two of the three flours used in the pizza dough are Colorado products and the third is from Kansas.
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Templar and Duncan-Roitman hired pizza consultant Anthony Falco (of Roberta's fame) to help implement the pizza program; Dante explains that the 800-degree oven can turn out twelve-inch pies in about ninety seconds. Housemade mozzarella, bison sausage and green chile ranch are among the toppings on eight or so combos, and meats from Il Porcellino Salumi and cheese from MouCo in Fort Collins can be found on a charcuterie board. Vegan offerings include the Gatherer pizza topped with caramelized onions and roasted mushrooms, and a walnut ricotta appetizer served with sourdough bread.
At the bar, Colorado spirits and beers and natural, organic wines are the focus, and there are also housemade sodas in a variety of rotating flavors targeted at those looking for zero-proof drinks.
Templar says he hopes to have the back patio open on April 1, where there will be a separate bar with a frozé machine. Until then, guests can enjoy the view from indoor counter seating facing out of a roll-up garage window.
Joy Hill is now open from 4 p.m. to midnight daily, with the kitchen open until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Visit Joy Hill's website or Instagram page for more details.