Denver almost had Detroit-style pizza...until Wash Park chased Brown Dog away

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After Arch Pizza brought its St. Louis-style pizza to Denver, we tracked down some of the other regional variations of pie in town. But we couldn't find anyone serving Detroit-style pie here in Denver.

Turns out, we nearly had it.

See Also: Denver now has St. Louis-style pizza, but what about New Haven, Detroit and Old Forge-style?

In 2011, the Telluride-based Brown Dog Pizza signed a lease on a space at 1001 South Gaylord Street, but had to back out after neighbors complained, and its liquor license application, which would have allowed Brown Dog to pour beer, wine and spirits, was denied.

The restaurant describes its Detroit-style pizza as "square, deep-dish pizza with cheese baked into the crust." It uses Sicilian-style dough, and then layers cheese that spreads to the edge of the pan to create its "famous caramelized crust". After that, a thick layer of sauce is smeared on top.

According to our 2011 story, the license was denied because there were already six businesses with liquor licenses on the street, and Brown Dog -- and its Detroit-style pie -- didn't meet the needs or desires of the neighborhood.

The irony? Today that location holds a pizzeria, Il Vicino, which has a wine-and-beer liquor license. But no Detroit-style pie.


Location Info

Arch Pizza

6110 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza - CLOSED

1001 S. Gaylord St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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mtnrunner2
mtnrunner2

Way to go, neighborhood Nazis. You have no right to stop a business from opening.

Bret Egan
Bret Egan

Is it because Detroit pizza is run by union thugs and 3 of the last 4 managers all ended up in prison?

Tom White
Tom White

Not from Detroit but I stop by Buddy's Pizza & the Coney dog joints whenever I am there on business.

Mark Moffett
Mark Moffett

Yes, Detroit has fallen on hard times. But, it's music and art communities are still second to none.

Mark Moffett
Mark Moffett

I know I can get Denver's most famous culinary export in Detroit, an omelet.

Brittany Jestice Axner
Brittany Jestice Axner

I am from Metro Detroit ... I didn't know Detroit had a style of pizza. Karl ... yes Buddy's needs to be here!!!

John Paul Rojas
John Paul Rojas

Beer and pizza is what this town is turning into. Sad. College kids must be happy. What about us grown ups. What's the next trend. Microwave dinners.

Legen Dairy
Legen Dairy

Because nothing good comes out of Detroit

Karl Wurm
Karl Wurm

Melanie, I was there. Great game except for the unfortunate hit on Kronwall. Too bad the Wings only come once a year to Denver now that they are in the East. Hopeful for an avalanche / Wings final someday...

redsoxfan
redsoxfan

IF YOU walk AROUND THE neighborhood you will see a lot of the same thing ---lots of  white people. Maybe they thought Detroit pizza would bring in those nasty ,dare I say it , black people.

Ben Beeby
Ben Beeby

Domino's is Detroit Pizza...What are you a Red Wings fan or something?

Melanie Johnson
Melanie Johnson

I, for one, would love it!!! Karl Wurm, you just missed the Red Wings...they were here on the 17th. I was there and it was awesome! We killed the Avs' winning streak

Karl Wurm
Karl Wurm

What a shame, we need a Buddy's Pizza here so I don't get so home sick. It would be great to have before an Official Detroit Red Wings game at the Pepsi center.

WillieStortz
WillieStortz topcommenter

There is Old Forge style pizza in Edwards and Vail but it doesn't have the crisp, greasy crust that you find in the hole in the wall Pennsylvania joints.

Rookie
Rookie

Brown Dog should file suit for discrimination.  This city has a need for variety and Il Vicino is pretty crummy.  

ubciii
ubciii

@John Paul Rojas, I disagree.  You should really explore Denver's food scene as this town is producing many exciting new restaurants and food trends every month.  Yes, we're a center for craft beer, but that doesn't mean we're just getting to pair it with pizza.  Don't pass judgment so quickly.


redsoxfan
redsoxfan

@Karl Wurm red wings and their fans SUCK

dave.bammo
dave.bammo

Yeah, Il vicino is not good. Just another neopolitan wanna-be for yuppies. The Brown Dog in Telluride is awesome. Wish they would have opened up there.

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