Rather than operate during the height of the stay-at-home orders, Symensma closed shop and spent hours in his own kitchen, really savoring his creations and the downtime. By May 14, however, Symensma and his team were more than ready to reopen the Eastbridge ChoLon for curbside service.
“When the lovely people at the administrative offices in the City of Aurora caught wind of our project, they became keenly interested in what we were doing,” says Cortés-Maceda.
At first glance, Intersections, Northfield’s cozy breakfast spot, and Cattivella, Eastbridge’s sophisticated Italian dinner locale, seem to have little in common.
“We make every single one of our pierogis by hand and from scratch; it’s very labor-intensive and then we boil them and then we package them.”
“No antibiotics. No feed lots. Locally sourced.” Justin Herd, owner of Local Butcher at the Oneida Shops in Park Hill easily sums up his shop’s values and unique market niche.
It’s not just princesses who are regulars at Park Hill’s oldest neighborhood-owned and -operated pizzeria. All sorts of characters are regulars at the restaurant that Morgan McKay’s parents opened in 1996, and which she bought back about four years ago.
For bakery founders Sam Butarbutar and Wenter Shyu, both raised by immigrant parents in the U.S., “third culture kid,” or TCK is suggestive of their creative take on food and community.
Asal Danesh worked as a Munich-based Lufthansa flight attendant for eight years before deciding it was time to grow some roots. So she gave up her nomadic lifestyle and planted her feet in Denver, where much of her family has resided since the 1970s. Along with her business partner and brother Donnie, she opened Honey Hill Café in Park Hill in May 2019.
When Muluye Hailemariam first arrived in the U.S. as a teenager, she had precisely $38 in her pocket. “I started from zero,” she says, and smiles broadly as she discusses her life and her business, Kabod Coffee, located on the corner of Northfield and Central Park Blvds.
“The dough should be the focus of any pizza. That’s what it’s all about,” says Brand Manager Chris Donato of Pizza Locale, which recently added Stapleton to its Denver locations.