Hot dog dominator Biker Jim taking over the Silver Spoon airstream trailer at the Vallagio at Inverness

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The former Silver Spoon at the Vallagio at Inverness will become another Biker Jim venture
Things just keep getting better for Biker Jim, aka Jim "the wiener wonder dog" Pittenger, who's already spoiled us with the city's best hot dogs, originally fleshed out from a stainless steel cart on the 16th Street Mall. Over the past several years, however, Jim has introduced exotic sausage seekers to several more Biker Jim carts, and in late February or early March, he'll open his first brick-and-mortar at 2148 Larimer Street.

And sometime between March and April, he'll join Street Kitchen Asian Bistro, Russo's and a second Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria at the Vallagio at Inverness, a retail and residence development project spearheaded by Peter Kudla, COO of Metropolitan Homes.

Specifically, says Jim, he's taking over the Silver Spoon, a 35-foot airstream trailer that began breeding burgers and fries late last summer from a graveled lot just adjacent to the restaurants and retailers quickly snapping up space in the lofty Vallagio, whose location, insists Kudla, is not in the suburbs, but in "midtown," thanks to its "urban" feel.

Technically, it's in Englewood, an area whose residents, notes Jim, just might want an elk, pheasant or reindeer sausage when the mood hits, especially since he's offering the bonuses of delivery and curbside service. "This is a simple, easy and inexpensive way of testing the market out here, and I think that what we're doing will be a big draw," says Jim, adding that if "midtowners" flock to his dogs like the urbanites do in Denver, then the next likely step will be a 5,000-square-foot brick-and-mortar in one of the few vacant Vallagio pods. "The airstream trailer is a sort of a hybrid between a restaurant and a cart, but the whole goal is to build a second Biker Jim's," he says.

When the airstream trailer gets up and cooking, it'll have a fryer, grill, griddle and steam table -- all leftovers from the Silver Spoon -- giving Jim the opportunity to try out some of the dishes that he's planning to serve at the Larimer Street restaurant, which, by the way, will be run by both Jim and chef Frank Forbeau, who's spent the past six years cooking for metal band members involved in the Vans Wrapped Tours. "We wanted a rock star chef, and instead we got a rock star's chef," deadpans Jim.

"What do you think about us doing a Wellington dog?" he asks, just before hanging up.

If you make it, they will come.

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13 comments
lala
lala

While i do agree that it is in the 'burbs, I remember when Inverness was a real trek and out in the middle of nowhere. ahhhhh, the good old days.

TM
TM

Anyone can BUY sausage from a producer and slap it on a bun with cream cheese and "caramelized" onions (which are really just brown from being cooked in coca-cola). Not sure why Denver is so crazy about him...

Kudla's oldman
Kudla's oldman

Vallagio, whose location, insists Kudla, is not in the suburbs, but in "midtown," thanks to its "urban" feel.

yeah right Kudla....since when did uptown become part of the suburban wasteland between park shitholes and the new ikea.

Norsk
Norsk

The location is in Centennial, not Englewood. Someone needs to tell this to the Vallagio folks as they continually claim their address is Englewood.

ycbski2
ycbski2

Work right by there. He should do a booming business. I can't wait for this. Brilliant move especially because the Silverstream right now is serving mediocre food.

Beavis
Beavis

Sorry, but I-25 and Dry Creek is in the suburbs, and exemplifies why Colorado needed urban growth boundaries 20 years ago...

nitpicker
nitpicker

Why is it called Silver Spoon if the spoon is red?

SteveCruz
SteveCruz

Biker Jim is the BEST and I wish him luck, but when will Colorado get over it's addiction to condo complexes with names that sound like Italianate Vegas casino rejects?

Jeff
Jeff

Have you ever been to Biker Jim's, Maxwell? He's not "another hot dog vendor." He's doing some of the best dogs in the country. It's been featured on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations and written up in Food & Wine.

This is fantastic news as the Vallagio location is close to home, and I no longer have to trek downtown to get my reindeer dog fix!

Maxwellvail
Maxwellvail

Another hot dog vendor?? Really......

Factofthematter
Factofthematter

Vallagio is actually in unincorporated Arapahoe County and its mailing address is Englewood. Centennial tried to annex the area years ago but was unsuccessful.I suppose that's why they continually make that claim.

Luv that Silver (red) Spoon
Luv that Silver (red) Spoon

The SilverSpoon was serving incredible food!!!! Vienna Dogs Juicy Burgers, It wass named one of the ten best places to get a Chicago Dog west of the Mississippi!!! We loved (as did many of our friends the breakfast sandwich they called BOB breakfast on a Bun) and the mini italian donuts they sell were over the top!

Mantonat
Mantonat

Welcome to Denver,Maxwellvail. How was Siberia these last 10 years?

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