|(above) Boone's tavern will open the same weekend that Colorado College visits DU|
by Jon Solomon
The B.U.F.F. Brothers group of bars and restaurants has broken up. After thirteen years, Rob Lanphier split from his business partner last month and started his own company, Pour Kids. Boone's Tavern, which is slated to open Friday, November 11, at 1135 East Evans Avenue (the former home of Smugs and, for decades before that, Fagan's).
The joint is named after Denver Boone, the University of Denver's official mascot from 1968 to 1998; Lanphier was surprised that no one in the DU area had used the name before. Boone's will be part of what he envisions as Pour Kids' "state-triotic" — think "patriotic" — concept, which focuses on locally sourced beer, spirits and food. "All our beers are going to be from Colorado," Lanphier says. "About half of our liquors are going to be from Colorado, and we'll be trying to do as much Colorado-sourced food as humanly possible."
Boone's will also mark Lanphier's first foray into barbecue; a longtime buddy of his will be running the smoker. "The thing we try to strive for is having great food, basically," he says. "Better food than people would expect in a neighborhood tavern. Our kitchen is about an 85-percent scratch kitchen."
While Boone's will essentially be a neighborhood sports bar with a lot of TVs, Lanphier plans to book solo and duo acoustic acts on the weekends. And while the DU crowd will be his focus, he's also hoping to draw people who work at nearby Porter Hospital and other folks who live or work in the area. "I think they'll like something they can walk to, where they can have some barbecue and a bunch of beers and appreciate it," he says.