Avanti F&B coming to LoHi, will showcase Dogfish Head beer

Avanti F&B (Food and Beverage), a collective eatery concept coming to the LoHi neighborhood, is slated to open this May and will feature seven distinct, miniaturized, and self-contained “restaurants,” remarkable views of the city, and Colorado’s largest year-round selection of Dogfish Head beer on tap.

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Lots of Dogfish Head on tap. Lots.

 

Inspired by European markets, Avanti might be best described as a permanent food truck rally or a high-end food court.  Open for lunch and dinner, there will be no reservations, no waitstaff, and communal seating; customers simply walk into Avanti, order at one of the “pods,” and enjoy their food and drink anywhere they wish in the two-story converted print and graphics warehouse.

Five shipping containers on the ground floor and two “stick-built” units on the rooftop patio will house individual chefs and restauranteurs both established and up-and-coming.  Avanti currently has five of those seven restaurant concepts locked-down with two more coming soon.  As it currently stands, customers will be able to choose from the following:

  • Souk Shawarma, a shawarma shop by Bistro Barbès’ Jon Robbins
  • PoCo Tortaria, a Mexican-style sandwich concept from Pinche Tacos’ Kevin Morrison
  • Quiero Arepas, a non-mobile version of the popular food truck
  • Brava!, an extension of the wood-fired pizza and small plate restaurant on the 16th Street Mall
  • Bixo, serving Mediterranean and Mexican fare, by Marco Gonzales, a new arrival to Denver with experience in Lyon and Barcelona
Sam Calagione himself was on hand to talk about his involvement in Avanti

Sam Calagione himself was on hand to talk about his involvement in Avanti

Avanti strives to retain an eclectic mix in the food hall, minimalizing overlap amongst the many restaurant concepts.  They also plan to stagger each pod’s lease so there isn’t a mass exodus every few years; chefs will rotate in and out of Avanti gradually thus making the dining situation an ever-evolving experience.  Across the board, regardless of who’s cooking what, prices are expected to be within the $8-$15 range.

Food’s well and good, but what about the booze?  With two bars—one on each level—Avanti customers won’t be wanting for libation.  Along with wine and spirits, there will also be ten Dogfish Head beers to pair with the various food concepts as well as ten rotating Colorado taps showcasing many of the state’s smaller breweries.  Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione will have a hand in selecting those additional ten taps.  “I’ve always been amazed at the passion Coloradoans have for great beer and great food, “said Calagione.  “I look forward to consulting with [Avanti] on how well Dogfish beers pair with different food, and working with them to celebrate the diverse and exciting breadth of beers that are coming out of the craft brewing renaissance.”

How did Avanti snag such a prominent beer consultant as Calagione?  Rob Hahn, one of the Avanti’s partners, met Calagione in 1997 at a mutual friend’s wedding in Vail.  They’ve been friends ever since.  When opening a new restaurant in craft beer-loving Denver, it pays to be chummy with a famous brewer.

Avanti will be located at 3200 Pecos Street, just across Highland Gateway Park from Prost Brewing and around the corner from Root Down.  The rooftop patio will afford stunning views of downtown as well as Coors Field which is so close that the thwack of a home run resonates all the way back to Avanti.  Bleachers will be constructed for customers who would like to sit outside and enjoy the sounds of the game while taking in the spectacular cityscape.

Can’t wait till May?  Tide yourself over with these artist renditions and construction tour photos.

About Chris Bruns


Chris Bruns is a self-professed beer geek living in Denver. Chris spends much of his time brewing beer at home with friends and family, attempting to visit every brewery in Colorado, attending special beer events and festivals, purchasing and assessing the latest releases from local breweries, and blogging about his adventures in the world of craft beer. He is also the Denver Craft Beer Examiner on Examiner.com. Contact Chris by e-mail at chrisdbruns@gmail.com or through his blog at www.beerincolorado.blogspot.com.