New Burger Joint Will Be Close To Magness Arena

(above) The new Crimson & Gold Restaurant will be the closest watering hole to Magness Arena

From: DU Today Blog

The city of Denver has reinstated the liquor license application for the Crimson and Gold restaurant, a steak and burger place preparing to open in the former Aroma Café at 2017 S. University Blvd.

A hearing is set for Aug. 2 to decide whether restaurateurs Kevin and Craig Caldwell should receive a hotel and restaurant liquor license for the business, which is immediately south of the Conoco station at Asbury Avenue.

In the meantime, the restaurateurs are proceeding with extensive renovations to the 3,500-square-foot property, which they leased late last year. Plans call for a DU-theme restaurant that will specialize in burgers at lunch, then add steaks, fish and a nightly special in the evening.

“It’s like Park Burger, a high-end burger with different toppings,” Caldwell says. Park Burger is at 1890 S. Pearl St. in Platt Park.

Caldwell says the restaurant’s primary market is community residents, office workers from Colorado Boulevard, and DU students, faculty and staff.

“We didn’t build this to be a party bar,” Caldwell says. “We built it to serve the whole community — DU and the neighborhood. And hopefully we can pull that off.”

Seating will accommodate nearly 100 customers in booths and tables, and plans are being formed for a backyard patio with a wall as high as the city’s new zoning code will allow. If things go well, Caldwell hopes to open between Aug. 15 and the beginning of fall classes on Sept. 13.

The Crimson and Gold will be managed by Craig Caldwell’s son, Andrew Caldwell, who is just short of a BSBA degree from DU in real estate and construction management. Andrew Caldwell has managed the families’ beach club/restaurant in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

“My brother and I grew up in the DU neighborhood and there is a strong connection there,” Caldwell says. “We’re really psyched.”


Aluuum said...

I like that location. A burger and a beer there before the game beats those crummy hot dogs and over priced beer at the game.

puck swami said...

This might be a very good pre-game hangout, depending on how they price their offerings.

I like that it's going to be DU -themed. The Pioneer did that part well, but it's a little far to walk to the arena, whereas this place is really close.

Anonymous said...

Zima for everyone!

Anonymous said... what 11:32 says when he crashes 16 year old girl slumber parties

Anonymous said...

Service is the worst...waited 45 minutes for 2 burgers and 1 order of fries...asked server where our food was...5 minutes later we got guessed it, wrong order...waited another 5 minutes, got our burgers and fries...mine had the wrong cheese on it, mg girlfriends was ordered medium rare, came out well done...sonce we had been there almost an hour we saud screw it and just ate the burgers...sorry, an hour wait for 2 burgers and an order of fries is a joke...