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Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill, Zoe Ma Ma and Protein Bar will open near Union Station

Back in May, during a press conference outside the Oxford Hotel, Larimer Associates and the Union Station Alliance revealed the names of three of the restaurant tenants that will be part of the renovation of the old station: the Kitchen Next Door, Snooze and a new restaurant and market from Alex Seidel, chef-owner of Fruition. And today, East West Partners, master developer of the Union Station Neighborhood Development by the station, announced the three restaurant tenants that will occupy the One Union Station Building at 16th and Wynkoop streets.

See also: The Kitchen Next Door, Snooze and a new restaurant and market from Alex Seidel will open in Union Station

Zoe Ma Ma, a terrific Chinese restaurant that got its start in Boulder, will join two out-of-state concepts, Thirsty Lion Pub and Protein Bar, all of which are slated to open in the spring of 2014.

Founded in 2009, Protein Bar, a quick-service, health-focused joint with multiple locations in Washington, D.C. and Chicago, is also opening two additional stores in Colorado, one in Boulder at the 29th Street Mall and a third location at 1390 South Colorado Boulevard. The concept, which began in Chicago, initially only sold protein smoothies and shakes, but in 2010 owner Matt Matros introduced salads, wraps, bar-ritos and breakfast options centered around granola and quinoa.

The Thirsty Lion Pub, a gastropub that started in Portland, Oregon, and now boasts two locations in that state, along with a third outpost in Arizona, is known for its draft beer selection and chef-driven menu focused on seasonality and multi-cultural cuisines. The Denver pub will feature 52 craft and import brews, "priding itself on having a beer on hand for every plate and every palate," according to the release. That opening is scheduled for May.

Zoe Ma Ma, which has a tremendously loyal following in Boulder -- and adheres to its slogan of "Super-Yummy Street Food" while simultaneously maintaining an environmentally-conscious approach by incorporating cage-free eggs, MSG-free ingredients and renewable energy into the restaurant's food and operations -- will also reside in the One Union Station Building. "I think Zoe Ma Ma and Union Station Neighborhood Redevelopment project is a great partnership as we both strive to maintain our heritage while moving into the future with care for the environment," said CEO Edwin Zoe.

Antero Resources will occupy the top four floors of One Union Station.

Meanwhile, watch for more announcements soon from Union Station Alliance regarding more tenants in the station itself.

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