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Stanley Marketplace Roundup: Ten Food and Beverage Establishments Scheduled to Open Next Spring

A year has passed since we first wrote about the coming of the Stanley Marketplace to the south side of Stapleton, in the former Stanley Aviation building. At the time, restaurateur Kevin Taylor had committed to opening a beer hall in the 100,000-square-foot space, but not much else was known. Construction began in November 2014, and since then, information about which other retail establishments will fill the space has trickled out.

The CherryArts Festival at Stanley — organized by the same nonprofit that runs the Cherry Creek Arts Festival every summer — will be held at the Marketplace October 23-25, giving attendees a sneak preview of construction. Here's a list of all the food and beverage businesses that have announced intentions to open in the building when it's completed early next year.

This is the same cantina that started out as a food truck from founder Rayme Rossello before she opened brick-and-mortar eateries in Longmont and in another reborn industrial building, the Source in River North. The new Comida will feature an outdoor patio overlooking a nearby creek and an extensive greenbelt on the Stanley property. The food and drink menu will be similar to that at other Comida locations, but will feature a longer list of tacos, tortas, tostadas and other antojitos. 

Denver Biscuit Co.
Drew Shader currently runs three branches of the Denver Biscuit Co., all of which are located inside his Atomic Cowboy bars; this will be the first that will stand on its own. Fans of the hearty biscuit sandwiches will be relieved to know that the new location will have a full bar, even if it's not called Atomic Cowboy. Shader's food truck, the Denver Biscuit Bus, has been a fixture at the Stapleton Farmers' Market for several years, so residents should already be familiar with the Southern-style menu of oversized biscuits loaded with country gravy, fried chicken, bacon, sausage and other breakfast-all-day standards.

Goodbird Kitchen
The Post Brewing Co. in Lafayette is as famous for its fried chicken as it is for craft beer. So restaurant group the Big Red F (which also runs all of the Jax Fish House locations and Lola, among others) is spinning off its menu, minus the brewery, into Goodbird Kitchen. The Stanley Marketplace version will actually be the second to open; there's another in the works in Longmont slated to debut this fall. The food on the Stanley menu will be similar to the offerings at the Lafayette original: Think rotisserie chicken, too, plus excellent housemade pies. 

Happy Bakeshop
Happy opened in West Highland in 2007 and expanded to Longmont a few years later; last year the owners opened another location in the C concourse of Denver International Airport. The fourth location won't stray far from the winning formula of cupcakes, cookies, full-sized cakes — including custom-made cakes for special events — and other confections.

Logan House Coffee Company
Andre Janusz started Logan House as a Denver coffee roaster that packages its beans in recycled wine bottles and offers door-to-door delivery. This will be the first retail shop for Janusz and Logan House co-owner Brooks Gagstetter, and it will also include a wine bar.

Mondo Market
Denverites who frequent the Source are already familiar with Mondo Market, the specialty-food retailer that started out as an online grocer. The Stanley branch of Mondo will be twice the size as the original and will peddle cheese, cured meats, prepared foods and grocery items. There will also be sandwiches and meat and cheese boards made on site. Owners Nicolas Farrell and Michael Davis will host tastings and educational workshops for the public as well.

Rosenberg's Bagels & Deli
Since opening in Five Points just over a year ago, Rosenberg's has become a favorite for Denver bagel aficionados, due in part to owner Joshua Pollack's engineered water meant to replicate New York City's bagel-perfect H2O. The new location will be roughly the same size as the original and will offer the same array of bagels, smoked fish and sandwiches, but will offer more vegetarian and children's options. A drive-up window is also a possibility, but plans have not been finalized.

Sazza may not be a familiar name for those who stick close to the center of town, but the eco-friendly pizza place has been slinging pies for nearly a decade in Greenwood Village. In addition to using organic ingredients sourced locally as much as Colorado's seasons allow, Sazza also operates its own educational urban farm near its original location and will do the same at the Stanley Marketplace, with a half-acre tract on the property dedicated to growing produce and working with the community. Sazza is so dedicated to reusing and upcycling that even the silverware and staff shirts are donated by customers.

Sweet Cow
Sweet Cow is growing its herd of ice cream shops with its expansion into the Marketplace; this will be its fifth or sixth location, depending on whether a planned Platt Park outlet opens first. The small-batch creamery offers nine regular flavors, plus another dozen or so on rotation. This location will also feature a grassy, 1,200-square-foot patio for grazing — on a scoop or a cone, that is.
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Mark Antonation is the former Westword Food & Drink Editor. In 2018, he was named Outstanding Media Professional by the Colorado Restaurant Association; he's now with the Colorado Restaurant Foundation.
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