Exclusive first look: Patxi's Pizza opens in Englewood
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.