The last vacant stall at Tributary market will be filled by a taco and ceviche bar called Surmesa and opening in September. (Josie Sexton, The Denver Post)
Golden’s month-old food hall, Tributary, will land its ninth and final stall next month, a taco and ceviche bar to add to the pizza, sandwich, salad, bagel, smoothie bowl and raw bar options already available. SurMesa Taqueria is scheduled to open Sept. 10, according to the stall’s co-owner Brandon Bortles, who stepped into the opportunity after Biju Thomas, of local curry shop fame, stepped out.
SurMesa, a play on the Spanish name for South Table Mountain, will draw on Bortles’ decade working for Richard Sandoval restaurants. He’s using the food hall as a proving ground for a future standalone Mexican restaurant in Golden.
Bortles is now known for his finer dining restaurant, Abejas, but he is about to open another destination in the neighborhood: Nosu Ramen. And he’s partnering with Noah Heaney, of Golden’s Miners Saloon, on both projects. Bortles says he wants to see more diverse food and drink offerings spread across Golden’s walkable streets, and “if no one else is going to do it, we’ll just do it ourselves,” he said with a laugh.
Across town, more restaurateurs and bar owners are having the same thought.
Back in the spring, the Buffalo Rose reopened its restaurant, bar and music venue after an 18-month renovation at Washington Avenue and 12th Street. Over the summer, Basic Kneads announced a new brick-and-mortar pizzeria coming this fall to South Golden Road. And just this week, Bonfire Burritos spoke of a similar plan for its long-standing burrito truck, which is moving to a permanent space on Ford Street.
Add to all those announcements the recently opened food hall, plus another on the way, and Golden is starting to look like the next dining hot spot (or saturated restaurant market, depending on how you look at it). For now, the new additions are striking a chord with diners.
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Tributary Food Hall’s tables were packed well after the lunch rush on a recent weekday. Co-owners Josh Dinar and Daniel Asher stocked the 3,000-square-foot space (easily the smallest of the region’s market halls) with eight food stalls — plus a bar — that, for the most part, you can’t find anywhere else.
Some of the new concepts include Mr. Miner’s, a charcuterie, sandwich and salad shop from Brider’s Chase Devitt and his wife, Melissa Bush. Working Title, chef Asher’s raw bar and eclectic dinner spot, currently offers dishes like duck wings, baby back ribs and smoked trout. Some businesses have other Colorado locations but are new to Golden, like Woodgrain Bagels and Amore Gelato.
There is room still for a rotation of food hall pop-ups, Asher said, should even more local restaurants want to get in on the growing Golden scene.
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