Renegade Brewing will open Renegade Publik House, a pub and pizza joint, near DU

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Brian O'Connell will toast craft beer at the Renegade Publik House.
Renegade Brewing, which opened in the Art District on Santa Fe just eighteen months ago, said today that it will open a pub serving pizza salads and lots and lots of craft beer near the University of Denver. The Renegade Publik House, in the former Spicy Pickle spot at 2043 South University Boulevard, will have twenty craft beers on tap, including five to eight handles of Renegade brwes, along with cans and bottles.

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"We were among the first of the new crop of breweries to open and we've had a lot of success in our first year and a half," says Renegade co-owner Brian O'Connell. "If you look at where the growth has been among breweries, it's been in the Highland and River North areas, so we started to look for where the gaps were and quickly identified the DU area as one that doesn't have a lot to offer as far as being craft beer focused."

Although O'Connell doesn't have experience running a restaurant, he is bringing in an experienced general manager and chef to help.

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"In the beginning, I was one of those who said he didn't want to do food. But after running a tap room for past year and a half, I realized how important food is," he explains. "There is a food truck outside our place seven days a week and people depend on us for food. At Publik House, we are keeping it simple. Pizzas and salads."

The 2,000-square-foot pub, which is scheduled to open in March after renovations to the space, will have about fifty seats. The Publik House will not be a brewery itself. The pizzas will be cooked on a grill top.

The décor, put together by Esinem Designs, which did Renegade Brewing, will be an homage to the DU neighborhood, O'Connell says. "The new bar will bring elements of the existing bar, but will include new design elements to pay tribute to the role of academia in the neighborhood, he says.


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Location Info

Renegade Publik House

2043 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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pro42
pro42

Speaking of Renegade, I found a Pub on the Anchultz Campus in Aurora called Cedar Creek Pub that has Renegade on tap most of the time.

GregLJK
GregLJK

Mantonat -- have you been to that former Spicy Pickle location? Street parking is all there is.

GregLJK
GregLJK

As an employee of DU and a resident of the neighborhood I couldn't be more excited about this. The only place I see them running into trouble is with parking. Street parking on University is scarce to begin with, especially when school is in session. And all the surrounding neighborhood spots have a one-hour limit. Here's hoping they can overcome that hurdle. Our hood has needed something like this for a long time.

DanWinter
DanWinter

Congrats Brian! I wish you and your crew the best of luck with the new store.

maxplanck0
maxplanck0

That's great news and Renegade will do well there as that part of town has been under-served as far as the availability of quality beer is concerned. 

sethotron
sethotron

I like it. 

Speaking of gaps, some enterprising brewery or restauranteur should open something like this in Applewood! The western part of town really needs some craft brew lovin.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@GregLJK Parking shouldn't be an issue since they are occupying a location that recently housed a different restaurant rather than building out a new spot.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@sethotron Rickoli brewery at 4335 Wadsworth Blvd doens't seem too far, depending on where in Applewood you live. Even old-town Arvada couldn't be too far (10 minute drive?), where you'll find the Arvada Brewing Co and Yak & Yeti. 

sethotron
sethotron

@Mantonat that's true, I just read about Rickoli and am excited to check it out! I do love Yak & Yeti, but I'd also love to see something near the 26th & Kipling area..that portion of Kipling has seen better days and could really use some revitalizing...a great restaurant or new brewery might just give that area the kickstart it needs. 

avsjunkie19
avsjunkie19

Rickoli's Brewery is very good. The brewer helped Renegade get off the ground and then decided to strike out on his own.

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