Reader: Buffalo Doughboy a victim of Best of Denver curse?

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Buffalo Doughboy won the Best Bakery award in the Best of Denver 2010. Business boomed, and last April the bakery moved out of its tiny spot in a Victorian home off Broadway for a space three times as large, and a mile south on Broadway itself. And yesterday, Buffalo Doughboy announced on Facebook that it was in need of your dough.

Business has fallen off....badly. Is it the economy? A lousy economy on Broadway? Or the curse of winning a Best of Denver award?

See also:
-- Buffalo Doughboy needs your dough!
- Best Bakery 2010: Buffalo Doughboy

- Best of Denver Readers' Poll: The 2013 Food & Drink finalists

Says Denver Dave:

Well, Westword does own some of this problem. Giving "Best of" awards to little, independent businesses can be a blessing or a curse. In this case it was definitely a curse because they chose to relocate to a pretty undesirable location and recent reviews aren't all so positive - some service and organization issues dealing with the much larger space. Plus it seems like everyone is friggin' gluten free/low carb these days - not good news for bakeries.

Have an idea for why the new Buffalo Doughboy is falling flat? Post your thoughts below, or join the conversation already under way here.


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Buffalo Doughboy Bakery - CLOSED

1298 S. Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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Stephen Altmin
Stephen Altmin

Yep. I was very surprised they moved to that dead location. People want bakeries in a residential area.

Kimberly Jackson
Kimberly Jackson

I have a feeling the new location hasn't helped them at all, which is unfortunate.

theglobalguy
theglobalguy

Lots of places are available back in the Baker neighborhood...would love to see them come back home.

blahblah
blahblah

Location... too far south now

Craig_Houston
Craig_Houston

It's simple: BD was in a great location before -- not too big, a patio, nice and comfy, accessible. Sure, they moved to a larger location but not every successful business is suited for that type of move. Their former location was in walking distance of my house, and whoever else lived in the Baker neighborhood. Now, they're in the dead center of the biggest marijuana dispensary chain in America and in a place where people just aren't looking for good food. I guess it's sort of a lesson: Don't bite off more than you can bake!

AceRanchero
AceRanchero

Location x3… Checking a satellite image for both current and former locations indicates that the current location draws potential residential customers from a 90º area (east and south) whereas the former location could draw residents from 360º. And when I'm south of the freeway on Broadway my car automatically goes to Trompeau no matter where I think I'm headed. 

Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

Well, Westword does own some of this problem.  Giving "Best of" awards to little, independent businesses can be a blessing or a curse.  In this case it was definitely a curse because they chose to relocate to a pretty undesirable location and recent reviews aren't all so positive - some service and organization issues dealing with the much larger space.  Plus it seems like everyone is friggin' gluten free/low carb these days - not good news for bakeries.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@blahblahWhy is it that when bars and restaurants move into the Baker neighborhood, everyone complains because the parking will suck. But when a business moves out of the Baker neighborhood, suddenly it's too far away. 

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@k_laneaux It's clear that they are struggling because they are no longer within walking distance of your house. I also don't think having a bakery surrounded by a bunch of stoners with the munchies is a bad business move.

Bagwhan
Bagwhan

@Denver Dave I don't think that means that the "Best of" award was a curse, or that Westword owns any of this.  It brought them lots of business, what they chose to do with that extra business, and the poor business decisions they might have made, are all on them.

Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

@Bagwhan Well, I take your point but even Patty said "part of that was our fault".  The point I think is that if a small business is not ready to get swarmed because of a "Best Of" award it can create a double edge sword.  Great for business but a killer if you can't handle it.

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