Construction Watch

Texas Burger Chain Hopdoddy to Open Soon by Union Station

Hopdoddy Burger Bar started in Austin, Texas, in 2010 and now has four locations in the Lone Star state, plus a fifth store in Scottsdale, Arizona. Hopdoddy has selected Denver for its sixth location; construction is well under way to open in the new building just northeast of Union Station some eight weeks from now.

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The company derives its name from hops -- because of its focus on craft beer -- and "doddy," the nickname for Angus cattle in Aberdeen, Scotland. Despite the chain's Texas roots, tap handles will feature Colorado beers prominently -- according to a Hopdoddy rep, the company's goal is to become part of the local community. Burgers will be ground daily at a showcase butcher's counter that will give customers a view of just how fresh their burgers are; Hopdoddy's buns will also be baked in-house.

In addition to Angus beef, premium burgers will also be available, made from Texas Akaushi beef -- a Japanese breed closely related to Kobe cattle. A long list of other protein options -- bison, lamb, chicken, turkey, tuna and a vegetarian "La Bandita" -- round out the menu.

Adding another burger joint to the already brimming Denver scene may seem like a risky proposal, but right now every restaurant is overflowing in the business- and tourist-heavy Union Station area. Hopdoddy knows that it's a difficult market, but says the company's philosophy isn't to be pushy with marketing. Instead, it lets the burgers win customers over.

We'll give you a look inside inside once construction is completed and an opening date set.


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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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