Buffalo Rose reopens in Golden with restaurant, bar, music venue

Golden’s 160-year-old Buffalo Rose is finally debuting its restaurant — along with an updated bar and music venue — Memorial Day weekend after closing 18 months ago for a major renovation.

In 2016, new owner Chris Cone bought the historic buildings at the corner of Washington Avenue and 12th Street in Golden. He told The Denver Post less than a year later that The Buffalo Rose needed a massive upgrade, from decor to food.

“It needs it. It’s a bit dilapidated. It’s way anachronistic; it may have looked good in the ’80s, but it doesn’t fit into downtown Golden now,” Cone said at the time.

Now, the revamped restaurant comes with Latin influences, the upstairs bar serves classic cocktails, and the venue will host weddings as well as a Springsteen tribute band and a  “bluegrass blowout,” according to the website.

Cone reopened the music venue, with room for private events, in January, followed by The State Room bar upstairs in April. The Buffalo Rose bar and restaurant is the last component.

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Starting Friday, chef Jan Vonada will serve chorizo jalapeños, Aztec Caesar salad, chile and cider bison ribs and vegetarian plates like quinoa and succotash poblano for lunch and dinner, among other things.