The Squeaky Bean will reopen in late spring in the historic Saddlery Building downtown

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The Saddlery building is the new home of the Squeaky Bean.
Our prayers to the gods and goddesses of things that squeak have been been fulfilled: After shuttering in June, following a break-down in lease negotiations between Squeaky Bean head bean counter Johnny Ballen and his landlord, the owners of Rosa Linda's, the Bean is re-sprouting. "We're puttin' the Bean back together, man. We're on a mission from God," quips Ballen, who, on Friday, inked a lease on the historic Saddlery Building at 1500 Wynkoop Street.

Built in 1900, the 70,000 square-foot, red-brick structure was approved for renovation and additions by the Lower Downtown District's Design Review Board in 2006, and the mixed-use project, which includes office space, penthouse units and retail and restaurant square footage, will trumpet the Squeaky Bean as its first tenant. "We'd been looking for a space since May as a back-up plan in case our lease negotiations fell through at the original Bean, and it was really important to us to find the perfect spot with the right character and flavor, and as soon as I saw the Saddlery building, I knew it was the right place to bring the Bean," says Ballen. "We looked at ten spaces total, and we had a lot of people who contacted us to see if we were interested, which was a huge compliment, but ultimately, we just knew that this was where we wanted to be."

Ballen, who will be be rejoined by the entire Bean team -- everyone -- including exec chef Max MacKissock, says he chose the Saddlery Building for a number of reasons, including its location and historic significance. "This is a building that's been beautifully restored, and it has a tremendous amount of character, like exposed timbered ceilings and beams, and it didn't feel at all contrived, which was super-important to us," explains Ballen. And the address, he says, couldn't be more ideal. "This is a fantastic location with a great dynamic: We're close to Coors Field, the Pepsi Center, and even the theater district, and this part of downtown Denver is going through some really great changes -- it's really coming alive -- and we're very excited to be a part of it."

And for those of you who might be worried that the new quarters won't retain the same feel and irreverence as Bean Number One, Ballen offers this: "We'll definitely keep the neighborhood feel, just like at the old Bean, and we'll have an awesome, seventeen-seat bar with a community table," he promises. "I really think that we can be the same hangout that we were in the Highland, and we've got a lot of really fun, quirky stuff planned."

Ballen is keeping a tight lid on what, exactly, those eccentricities will be, but he does confide that he'll continue to have rotating celebrity shrines to those who have passed (no word, though, on whether Farrah Fawcett will command an entire shelf). "The space is going to be really fun and full of timeless things and lots of quirkiness," discloses Ballen.

And he also reveals that the biggest change -- a kitchen, which was virtually non-existent in the former Bean -- will only add to the Bean's allure. "No more Barbie Dream Kitchen! We're going to have a full-blown, real-deal exhibition kitchen, along with a chef's counter, and while Max's menu will expand -- he'll incorporate a few more vegetarian dishes -- it will remain focused. We don't want a floor-to-ceiling menu," he adds, noting, too, that he "can't wait to see what Max does with all his new toys."

When the Bean reopens, it will bust out dinner seven nights a week, happy hour and brunch on Saturday and Sunday -- with an expanded brunch menu. "I'm excited to do some things that we couldn't do at the original Bean because of our kitchen constraints, and that includes a larger brunch menu, more vegetarian items and happy hour," says Ballen.

"There's been a lot of pressure on us to reopen," he admits, "but we took our time, because I wanted the space to be perfect, and while I felt like a zombie after signing the deal on Friday, it's finally beginning to sink in, and now it's game on -- here we go."

Spring can't come soon enough.

In the meantime, MacKissock, along with several members of the Bean staff, is doing a multi-course dinner at Cafe Options on December 9 and 10 to benefit Work Options for Women-- and seats are still available.

Location Info

Squeaky Bean

1500 Wynkoop St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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11 comments
Nicole
Nicole

Wooo hoo! I loved the Bean and missed it so! Can't wait for the re-opening!

jyee
jyee

"rejoined by the entire Bean team -- everyone"Does this include Sean Kenyon or just the kitchen staff? The food at the Bean was some of the best in the city, but Sean's cocktails put it over the top!

NotSoHappyGuest
NotSoHappyGuest

Perhaps now that they will have a full kitchen they will be able to scramble eggs.  

c.d.
c.d.

Are they still doing a pop up dinner this weekend at Cafe Options?

NotSoHappyGuest
NotSoHappyGuest

We went to the old location, the server offered us scrambled eggs then came back and said "we don't do that".  So keep in mind my comment wasn't as snide as you may think. We had a nice brunch when we were there but being offered something then being told "we don't do that" is not MY error but the SERVERS.    

The comment wasn't made to be anything but appreciative of what a full kitchen can do... so suck it ya'll... I am excited for the new location so I can see what they in fact CAN do... it was almost there... but with heavy restrictions of kitchen space.

I knew that and should have been more clear.  It was an off the cuff comment you ALL took completely the wrong way.  

So take your judgements and find someplace else to take them because I am thrilled they can expand and do their magic.

Kenrdaim
Kenrdaim

Are acrambled eggs on the menu? You are probably one of those fine diners that goes to restaurants, doesn't look at the menu, and then patronizes the server. You should stay home and do the service industry a favor.

what a horribly dumb comment
what a horribly dumb comment

you're probably a highlands mommy too, right?  im sure the last thing on their facking minds right now is scrambling your facking eggs for you.  bring your family to denny's and please stay away from all of the good restaurants I'll be eating at. 

Ron Popeil
Ron Popeil

Looks like you need a RonCo inside the head scrambler.  Crying over scrambled eggs.You definitely have yolks for brains. 

Queen Bean
Queen Bean

Yes they are.  Have some seating available.  Call 720.944.1166 for rezis.

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