This week our Beer Man, Jonathan Shikes, let us know that Cheluna Brewing would be holding a soft opening on Thursday, December 1, at the mammoth Stanley Marketplace. We headed over for a beer and to check out the new brewery, which sports a Oaxacan theme and flavors thanks to owners Javier Pérez Koch and Jennifer Pérez, and to see the progress on the surrounding marketplace.
There's still plenty of construction going on, but several other businesses are slated to open this month, including a few food-and-drink options. Next door to Cheluna, the Stanley Beer Hall is expected to open in December (but then again, it's been expected to open every month since at least September), operated by 5280 Hospitality with a menu from chef Theo Adley (most recently of RiNo Yacht Club) and thirty beers on tap.
Also arriving before the end of the year are Comida Cantina (the third in the Comida family, after the Longmont original and the newer taqueria inside the Source), Logan Coffee House and Sweet Cow Ice Cream. A few salons, florists and boutiques are also on the list for December openings.
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With some 120,000 square feet of space to fill, much of the marketplace (which has all the appearances of an indoor shopping mall) will open piecemeal over the coming months. Judging by the size of the crowd — adults, teens, toddlers and newborns — that showed up at Cheluna's debut, there's certainly enough pent-up demand from the surrounding Stapleton and Aurora communities to keep feet coming in the doors. Here's a list of other food and beverage purveyors coming soon.