High Point Creamery, Park Burger and Adagio Baking Company opening in Hilltop/Crestmoor
For the past several months, there's been a flurry of activity on the southwest corner of Holly and Cedar, an intersection that sits on the cusp of Crestmoor and Hilltop on a plot that was once an old gas station, now long gone. But Rob Naiman, who grew up in Crestmoor and is the founder of the Robert L. Naiman Company, LLC, a commercial real estate firm, scooped up the lot last year, and later this spring, the center will be home to Denver's fourth Park Burger, a second outpost of Adagio Bakery and the first location of High Point Creamery.
"There isn't much in the way of food offerings in this neighborhood, but the demographics are great, and this is an area where people can walk or bike to with their kids," notes Naiman, adding that he "tries to find tenants that appeal to a broad spectrum of people."
Mike Meirowsky, who owns Adagio, a popular bakery that first opened in Park Hill in 2006, inked a lease on a 1,500-square-foot storefront in the new build-out, and not only is it markedly larger than the original, but the menu will significantly expand, too. "This will be a play kitchen for us to try out some things that we've always wanted to do -- breads, for example -- and the menu over here will be a lot more creative," says Meirowsky, revealing that the breakfast board will include "all the stuff from the bakery side, plus dishes like corned bread French toast with peach compote; banana bread French toast; and duck confit with sunny-side up eggs."
Breakfast is an underserved segment in Hilltop/Crestmoor -- and in Denver, in general, claims Meirowsky. "There aren't enough good-quality breakfasts in Denver, and I think what we're planning to do here will be a really good fit for the neighborhood," he says, noting that the breakfast and lunch menus are the work of chef Corey Navin, a longtime friend of Meirowsky and a former Denver chef (he was he sous at the now-defunct Sparrow), who took an extended sabbatical before Meirowsky lured him back to the burners.
"Corey took a career break, but he's ready to get back into the kitchen and help us do some really great things," says Meirowsky. "He and I work well together, and this is a great opportunity for him to be a part of growing our business, which is what we want to do," adds Meirowsky, whose bakery and 54-seat cafe will be open from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. seven days a week.
Adagio will be joined by Park Burger, a 2,500-square-foot build-out, which makes it the largest of all three tenants. But unlike the other trio of Park Burgers, this one will only pour beer and wine, an adjustment that was made following an unsuccessful attempt to get a full liquor-license approved.