The name Randall's might be one of the most recognizable in the Denver restaurant industry, if founder Randall Borne could just catch a break. This weekend, Borne launched Randall's in its third location in a decade, at 3349 York Street.
Borne has been working on reopening Randall's ever since he lost his lease at 2217 Welton Street, where he ran Randall's at the New Climax from 2014 to 2018. While that address still sits vacant and partially refurbished, Borne finally unveiled the new home of Randall's on January 29.
Borne, a native of Edgard, Louisiana, has been cooking Creole and Cajun cuisine in various locations around Denver since the mid-1990s. He ran a food truck and catering business called the Cajun King from 1994 to 2007, then took over Marion's Lounge at 4042 York Street for two years; that building has since been demolished. In 2009, he moved into the former home of Pierre's Supper Club at 2157 Downing Street, running it as Randall's at Pierre's for five years. If you drive past that address today, though, you'll now see only rows of modern, three-story townhomes.
After that, Borne moved Randall's into the New Climax, where blues bands and Louisiana cooking drew a cadre of devoted regulars. The windowless structure "looks like a strip club" and so wasn't particularly inviting for dinner guests," Borne said, shortly before the building's owner pulled the plug on Randall's in 2018.
The new Randall's has plenty of big windows facing York Street, and the surrounding neighborhood has already proven welcoming for other establishments, including Jack Rabbit Slim's, NoLa Voodoo Tavern and Rivers and Roads Coffee. The menu looks welcoming, too, with fried catfish, hot links, pork chops, stuffed shrimp, gumbo, crawfish étouffée, and beans and rice, among other Southern specialties.
Randall's is now open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily; call 303-296-1874 beginning January 29.
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