Oskar Blues Fooderies to Open New Restaurant and Music Venue in Downtown Denver


Lyons, CO — Oskar Blues Fooderies, the purveyors of handcrafted food to pair with Oskar Blues Brewery’s handcrafted beer, has announced its third project in 2016, a joint restaurant and music venue in the historic Market Center located in the heart of Downtown Denver.

The Market Center building project announcement coincides with the grand opening of two OB Fooderies locations in the RiNo arts district set to open this fall. The craft-casual CHUBurger concept brings handcrafted burgers, an extensive beer selection and a live local music scene while the Hotbox Roasters spin-off artisanal coffee and doughnuts is slated to open their first brick and mortar location near CHUBurger at 35th and Larimer.

The new Market Center concept will occupy 11,000 square feet on two levels. The restaurant space, located on the street level, will feature the southern-inspired specialties Oskar Blues Fooderies are known for, bringing the low country to the high country, including slow smoked locally sourced meats, wood grilled burgers, New Orleans style grilled oysters and seafood. They will feature 43 beers on draft including favorites from Oskar Blues Brewery as well as craft breweries from around the country. The space will also feature a variety of bourbons and whiskey as well as barrel aged beers on tap and cellared.

“The Black Buzzard” music venue and smoke house will occupy 5,500 square feet in the bottom half of the venue. The music-inspired space will also feature draft offerings along with a wide variety of concert ready canned beers from Oskar Blues Brewery and craft brewers from around the country. The space will pay homage to nearly 20 years of Oskar Blues’ passion for live TUNES, with local and national touring acts slated to perform seven nights a week, as well as recording capabilities.

“We can’t wait to feed the appetites of ColoRADoans near and far with good food, brews and tunes,” said Chef Jason Rogers. “Denver has been on our radar for years and we are excited to find a space to call home. Not to mention revitalizing the Blues and Live music in a historic spot.”

The space, located at 1624 Market Street, will open summer 2017 and hours are 11 AM to 2 AM daily, with brunch beginning a bit earlier each weekend.

“With the vibrant, unique energy of LoDo, we’ve been working hard to find the right tenant to occupy this key space at Market Center,” stated Pat McHenry, Principal with City Street Investors. “The Oskar Blues Brewery is a well-loved Denver establishment-and we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome them.”

“We couldn’t imagine a better use of the space and future amenity to the entire neighborhood,” continued URG CEO Patrick Callahan. “The buildout of this dynamic space will also be a catalyst to make additional exterior improvements to Market Center and further enhance the streetscape experience.”

To learn more, visit www.oskarbluesfooderies.com.

About Oskar Blues Fooderies

A few things that will always go together at Oskar Blues Fooderies: Craft Beer, Fresh Ingredients, Live Music and our Family & Friends. As a multi concept restaurant group OBF is focused on creating a special occasion every day. Chef/Partner Jason Rogers and Director of Ops/Partner Anita Gray oversee Oskar Blues Fooderies, creating, growing and sustaining the restaurants on a minute by minute basis.

Founded by Dale Katechis in 1997 in Lyons, Colorado, Oskar Blues launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse with hand-canned, flagship brew Dale’s Pale Ale. Today, Oskar Blues is one of the fastest growing breweries in the country and operates breweries in Longmont, Colorado and Brevard, North Carolina, while approaching 200,000 barrels in 2015.

In 2013, Oskar Blues founded the CAN’d Aid Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity that community puts its spin on doin’ good by supporting Tunes, Treads + Trails and Love Yur Mama programs in communities around the US.

About Market Center

Built between 1872-1902, the 121,000 square foot renovated historic brick and beam Market Center buildings feature contemporary finishes and environmentally-conscious design. Located at the crossroads of Denver’s popular lower downtown (LoDo) and midtown neighborhoods, the building is also just steps from Denver’s central business district and Union Station. Market Center was purchased by Urban Renaissance Group, Stars Investments and City Street Investors in 2015, with plans to revitalize the project through renovation and leasing.

About Urban Renaissance Group

Urban Renaissance Group, LLC is a Seattle-based full-service commercial real estate company, engaged in acquisitions, development, asset management, leasing, property management and ownership in Seattle, Bellevue, Denver and Portland. The strategic premise of the Urban Renaissance Group is that the form of the American City will change dramatically during the next 20 years. Urban Renaissance Group acts as a catalyst that understands and ignites that change, thereby generating superior returns for its investors, as well as opportunities for its partners and employees. Learn more at www.urbanrengroup.com.

About Stars Investments

Founded in 2009, Stars Investments is the asset management company that manages the financial, private equity and real estate investments of Mr. Felipe Ibañez Scott, a Chilean entrepreneur. Stars Investments’ mandate is to preserve and increase the value of the portfolio through 3 investment principles; (1) a long-term investment horizon, which implies consistency and discipline in portfolio construction and low asset turnover, (2) conservative risk-profile and leverage levels, and (3) risk diversification. As of September 2015, the real estate portfolio included holdings in Denver, Boston, Seattle, Washington D.C. and the UK, totaling more than 1.1 million square feet.

About City Street Investors

The partners of City Street Investors have created a highly capable, real estate-based, investment, management and development program. The company specializes in complex projects that require creative solutions and that conform to the group’s mission of creating places that genuinely improve the communities in which they exist. Through a series of strategic partnerships, projects and innovative acquisitions, the group has built a portfolio that consists of more than twenty re-positioned retail, mixed-use and multi-family properties in Denver’s most desirable neighborhoods as well as a collection of over twenty restaurant investments and partnerships. One of their most recent projects was the internationally recognized Union Station redevelopment where the partners had primary responsibility for all the retail and common areas.

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