Openings and Closings

Welton Street Cafe Is Back With a Temporary Takeout-Only Location

Fathima Dickerson stands outside Welton Street Cafe's to-go space, which will be open at least through July.
Fathima Dickerson stands outside Welton Street Cafe's to-go space, which will be open at least through July. Kristin Pazulski
Welton Street Cafe is back. After closing its longtime brick-and-mortar location at 2736 Welton Street on March 12, the restaurant reopened on April 28 in a temporary takeout-only space, a commissary kitchen at 2258 California Street. The restaurant intends to open later this year in its new permanent space, at 2883 Welton Street.

When the Dickerson family closed the doors of Welton Street Cafe, they had hoped to reopen soon in a temporary space to serve to-go food and provide catering services while working on the new restaurant buildout — and after 36 years in Five Points, the family didn’t want to leave the neighborhood. A longtime customer reached out about the commissary kitchen just a block from Welton Street at Park Avenue West and California.

Though it dealt with some phone issues the first weekend, Welton Street Cafe was busy, and regulars were thrilled to have the new to-go option. “It’s been like a reunion,” says Fathima Dickerson, spokesperson for the family-owned restaurant.
click to enlarge Welton Street Cafe is back in business in a commissary space on the edge of Five Points. - KRISTIN PAZULSKI
Welton Street Cafe is back in business in a commissary space on the edge of Five Points.
Kristin Pazulski
Welton Street Cafe’s new permanent space, back on Welton Street, will open in the fall if all goes well. The new space needs a total buildout that will cost at least $600,000. Plans include a bar and double the previous location's seating space. The Dickersons have raised nearly $100,000 through a GoFundMe campaign, which is still accepting donations, and they are still applying for loans. The restaurant will operate out of the commissary until at least July, says Fathima, and likely through the opening of the new restaurant.

Fathima, who recently accepted two awards on the behalf of restaurant (a leadership award in hospitality from Les Dames d’Escoffier Colorado, and a community service award from Denver Public Schools), is hoping the new Welton Street Cafe will include the launch of a new nonprofit. Tentatively called the Five Points of Armor, it will “hold space for the collective to access resources and engage in dialogue that leads to building and rebuilding a better community,” reads the mission statement.

Welton Street Cafe's temporary location, at 2258 California Street, is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday for takeout only. Orders can be placed by calling 720-901-9133 (that number is also temporary). For more information, follow Welton Street on Instagram or visit its Facebook page.
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Kristin Pazulski has been a renaissance faire wench, a reporter, an espresso-shot slinger, an editor of a newspaper for the homeless and a grant writer. She's now a freelance writer covering Denver's restaurant scene.
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