Reader: The Source is the oddest location for a restaurant I have ever seen

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Lori Midson
Comida was the first occupant to open in The Source.
Over the past few weeks, businesses have been opening their doors in The Source, Kyle Zeppelin's ambitious project at 3350 Brighton Boulevard, which turned a circa 1880s warehouse (most recently a plumbing supply spot ) into a sleek assemblage of shops, restaurants and general hipness. Comida was the first restaurant to get cooking, at the end of August; Mondo Market, Acorn and Babette's Bakery soon joined the lineup. And yesterday, CapRock Farm Bar started pouring. The space is getting raves...but the location also inspired a recent rant.

See also: First look at CapRock Farm Bar, opening in the Source

Says WillieStortz:

I sure hope these places going into The Source are getting a great deal on rent because that is the oddest location for a restaurant I have ever seen.

When you think organic, farm to table the last thing you expect is such a cold industrial space located in a run-down industrial section of town, next door to a used plumbing store and a used tire store.

I love the concept of all these food purveyors but as anyone who has worked in the restaurant industry knows location is often more important than the product you put out. I've seen many horrible restaurants succeed with a great location and many great places fail do to a bad location. It's hard to think of a worse location than The Source.

Have you been to the Source? What do you think of the location? More important, what do you think of the businesses that have opened there? Will you go -- and go often enough to support them?


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LindaLee Law
LindaLee Law

I think this is a brilliant idea! Or to quote Seinfeld " not fast food, but good food fast" lol

Star Stepping
Star Stepping

there last week ..nice idea and space.. not the cozy vibe fast chi.. we didn't stay

Becca Barry
Becca Barry

No! I love the location. Finally starting to get some new spots in North Denver. All we need now is a coffee shop in Cole.

westernurbangirl
westernurbangirl

I think the space at the Source is really innovative and cool.  the businesses are run by very talented and nice people.  I do agree that I wish the food at Comida was a little better...  though the service is good.  Babette's is amazing!  i just wish the developer didn't equate industrial to cheap.  i doubt the rent is cheap.  the land was cheap according the zeppelin but they aren't known for cheap rents I think.  that parking lot is a mess, the light outside is missing, the signage isn't well done (and it's critical in this area), and if you have to park on Brighton it's super dangerous.  there is no sidewalk in front of the Source.  just seems like a lot of cut corners.  i think the location will work out ok.  Taxi has done really well and Fuel seems to draw good crowds.  i think the dinners at fuel are one of denver's dining scene secrets.  so good luck to the merchants at the Source! 

Shoshana Romer
Shoshana Romer

That reader is clearly missing the fact that the neighborhood around it is swiftly developing and hipsters are moving in. They eat up everything about The Source!

ajwestword1
ajwestword1

it's only weird if  you're not paying attention. that neighborhood is the next big thing

tagader
tagader

I got a couple of great rolls at Babette's last weekend. While the location is still kind of sketchy, I am more concerned with the parking situation for The Source. If the restaurants/retailers start drawing crowds, I don't know where people will park.

Andrea Hunt
Andrea Hunt

Comida was watered down and bland. But, the service was good.

Michael Sabin
Michael Sabin

Zeppelin is a cool cat....love these places....

Sharon Krell
Sharon Krell

I went to Comida when it opened its doors, and my son has been to both Comida and Acorn. The food is great, parking is so easy, traffic is non-existent. This is operating on the concept that, if you build it, they will come. I will certainly return the first chance I get (from Colorado Springs).

Will_
Will_

The same thing was said of Wynkoop Brewing and Tattered Cover in LoDo when they first opened their doors. The more successful The Source becomes, the more those plumbing and tire stores will evolve into restaurants, boutiques, and breweries. Only time will tell on whether or not that's a good thing.

Katherine M. Coleman
Katherine M. Coleman

I juist wish Comida's food was better! A bit greasy... Looking forward to The Source's completion and I love the location!!!

Kelly Watts
Kelly Watts

I don't care where it is. If they have good food I'll go.

Robert Goose Guzmán
Robert Goose Guzmán

It is a great location. The reader is clueless. I don't even live in that area and have been to the source 3 times in the last couple of weeks. Cheers

Ian Kennedy
Ian Kennedy

It is just north of the Ballpark neighborhood and just south of my office. I'll there on the regular!

Kristie Dunnigan
Kristie Dunnigan

the neighborhood is being gentrified, think meatpacking district in NYC. this isn't NYC (far from!), but I was impressed by the vision and execution for the Denver scene. I say, bravo to The Source and wish them all the best.

JimRome
JimRome

It is a destination location in a hip and upcoming area.  How many breweries are opening here? How many apartment units are going up in a 1 mile radius? 32nd and Lowell used to be one of the most sketch areas of town and I remember my dad canceling reservations at Duo a few weeks after they opened because he didnt want to park his Mercedes a block away from the restaurant.... I am sure The Source will be ok.

Craig Hawkins
Craig Hawkins

Because opening a restaurant in an old funeral home isn't weird at all. :P

monopod
monopod

The businesses in the Source are betting that (a) the concentration of good stuff in the Source will draw destination visitors so that they don't have to rely on random walk-in traffic, and (b) they're the vanguard of a wave of gentrification and it won't be a lousy location for too long.  Seems like a reasonable bet to me; there are a lot of locations in Denver and elsewhere that used to be sketchy and are now hip, and Denverites who seek out good food are used to going to out-of-the-way neighborhoods to find it (how many times have I driven to Aurora for the sole purpose of getting Korean food, or to South Federal just to get my soup dumpling fix at Lao Wang?).  

It would be different if it was just one restaurant, but given a high concentration of foodie stuff in one place, I think they can assume people will seek them out.  And yeah, I bet the rent's cheap.

Northwestnative
Northwestnative

@JimRomeYou know nothing about Denver if you think that 32nd and Lowell was "one of the most sketch areas of town".  Sketch, yes, but not even in the top 30 at that time.   Your dad is just a scared suburbanite. 

Northwestnative
Northwestnative

@Craig Hawkins Lola and Vita and Linger seem to do ok with that history.

JimRome
JimRome

@Northwestnative In the 1980's? Ha you have no clue.  We owned about 15 properties at the time in the area, all bought from the bank.  Most were functioning as crack shacks at the time.  So maybe your memory is not as good as you remember. As far as the family goes still live in north Denver.  No exactly the burbs but know a good safe neighborhood.  

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