Vinh Xuong Owner Adds Coffee Shop to Zeppelin Station Plan

Dandy Lion Coffee will fill Zeppelin Station's demand for coffee and other morning drinks and treats.EXPAND
Dandy Lion Coffee will fill Zeppelin Station's demand for coffee and other morning drinks and treats.
Courtesy of Dandy Lion Coffee
Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

While there are still a few gaps in the market-hall plan at the upcoming Zeppelin Station development at 3501 Wazee Street, at least two gaps will be filled by Duc Huynh, who currently runs Vinh Xuong Bakery at 2370 West Alameda Avenue. Earlier this summer, Huynh inked a deal to bring his Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches to the mixed-used development, and now he's agreed to add a coffee-based cafe to the project.

"Once we signed up for the sandwich shop, they needed a coffee shop, too," Huynh says. "They were going to do one anyway, so I agreed to step in."

Dandy Lion Coffee is a new concept that will open a little earlier in the day than the other food offerings at Zeppelin Station; it will have espresso-based coffee drinks along with other beverages and a selection of pastries and other grab-and-go bites. Huynh says he'll incorporate Vietnamese flavors and ingredients into both the drinks and food, though the full menu is still in the works.

The new Dandy Lion Coffee Co. logo.EXPAND
The new Dandy Lion Coffee Co. logo.
Courtesy of Duc Huynh

The name Dandy Lion comes from the fact that Huynh is a new dad, and he thinks dads need to be good at puns. He drew from his background in graphic design to create the logo, incorporating a stylized dandelion flower along with the image of a well-groomed, sharply dressed lion.

Zeppelin Station is on track for a December opening. There will be a total of nine food and beverage vendors inside the market-hall portion of the project, along with include retail shops, art galleries, office space and the headquarters of the RiNo Art District. In addition to Huynh's Vinh Xuong Bakery and Dandy Lion Coffee, other vendors that have signed on include Aloha Poke Co. from Chicago and Boulder's Fior Gelato.

Another Chicago restaurateur, Jared Leonard, also recently joined the project. Leonard is known for the Budlong Hot Chicken, a chicken-sandwich specialty shop in his home town, but his Zeppelin Station concept will be a Montreal-style barbecue joint called Au Feu.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.