Exclusive first look: Patxi's Pizza opens in Englewood

Lori Midson

And the partners have put the same thoughtful consideration into the space (aside from the industrial aluminum chairs, which are popular but cold and uncomfortable), designing a simultaneously cosmopolitan and rustic dining room and bar furbished with reclaimed woods, concrete floors made with rocks that were ground down to tiny pebbles, red brick walls, vintage-inspired partitions, and a pizza window that showcases the expansive kitchen.

They've also donated more than $200,000 in the last two years to non-profits as part of their "52 Weeks of Giving," a program that Azpiroz and Freeman started in 2011 to give back to their community -- and they're doing it in Denver, too. "It's our eternal brand to support the well-being of children, including education," says Freeman, "and so every week, we choose a day to donate ten percent of our entire day's proceeds to an organization based in the community where the restaurant resides." And if you want to nominate a non-profit that can benefit from their generosity, you can do so by going to the restaurant's website.

Patxi's opens today at 4 p.m., and its regular hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The partners are also opening a store in Cherry Creek, at 185 Steele Street, within the next few months. In the meantime, I had the opportunity to check out the Englewood piehole palace last week, the photos of which are on the following pages.

Location Info

Patxi's Pizza

3455 S. University Blvd., Englewood, CO

Category: Restaurant

Patxi's Pizza

185 Steele St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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