After nine months of work, Josh Schmitz's Handsome Boys Hospitality
is ready to get the party started at its newest venture, RiNo Country Club
, which will open on Friday, May 6, at 3763 Wynkoop Street after unanticipated delays pushed the opening back a week. The building has been vacant since Rebel Restaurant closed
Since then, the area's changed a lot. "That neighborhood just keeps developing around us," Schmitz says, noting that he's hoping RiNo Country Club will become a go-to for the pre- and post-Mission Ballroom show crowd. The inside portion of the club even includes a DJ booth.
While golf bars are trending in Denver
, this one is different. Instead of TrackMan or other simulators, it has a nine-hole putt-putt course outside where fun is the priority over perfecting your game. And the place is only open to those 21 and up. "We're putting a pickleball court out there as well," Schmitz adds — a smart move, considering the sport is so popular in Denver
The space used to be home to Rebel Restaurant.
In line with the party-bar concept, the drinks at RiNo Country Club will be served in plastic cups and will include dive bar-priced specials like $5 John Dalys. The on-site food concept, dubbed Dalton's after the Patrick Swayze character in the 1989 movie Road House
, will serve up "a custom smash burger with an East Coast attitude," Schmitz says, along with chili dog sliders, a vegetarian sloppy Joe and a salad option.
RiNo Country Club is the latest — but not the last — concept from this fast-growing hospitality group
, which now has thirteen spots either open or in the works, including the horror-themed Slashers
, Larimer Square dance club Disco Pig
and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed, East Coast-style pizza joint called Casey Jones
that is set to open May 14 at 24 Broadway (where a Giordano's location recently shuttered).
"We're built like a speedboat, not a cruise ship, so we're able to pivot and adapt," Schmitz says of Handsome Boys. "Our whole team is super-young and hungry; we're all putting in eighteen-, nineteen-hour days, and can't wait to do it again."
RiNo Country Club is located at 3763 Wynkoop Street and will be open from 4 p.m. to midnight Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, noon to 2 a.m. Saturday and noon to midnight Sunday starting May 6. For more information, follow @rino.countryclub on Instagram.