Reader: More expensive restaurants and bars at Union Station that average workers can't afford

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The lineup at Denver Union Station, set to reopen this summer, is now complete. Last week, the development partners announced seven more restaurant and retail tenants, including an outpost of the Tattered Cover, two bars (one on the lovely mezzanine level, one in the former ticket booths), an ice cream shop, a burger joint and a coffee bar, which will join the four restaurants already well into construction: Mercantile Dining & Provision, a European-style restaurant and market by chef Alex Seidel of Fruition; Stoic & Genuine, a fish house from chef Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch, the pair behind Rioja, Euclid Hall and Bistro Vendome; another location of Snooze, an A.M. Eatery; and The Kitchen Next Door -- not quite next door to The Kitchen Denver, but close.

See also: All aboard! Denver Union Station announces its complete tenant lineup.

Says Philo99:

Sounds pretty awesome.

It's everything you hoped The Source was, in a location you actually want to go to.

But not everyone is on board. Says Jan89:
Oh, goody. More expensive restaurants and bars that the average downtown worker can't afford. Why can't we have a drugstore, a small grocery store and some useful shops for the people who will be using Union Station as a transportation hub? The disconnect between services provided downtown and the needs of workers continues to grow wider, and forces people to drive more and shop in suburban locations.
What do you think about the retail and restaurant tenants going into Denver Union Station? What else would you like to see there?





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8 comments
taketransit
taketransit

Stoic & Genuine is the absolute worst restaurant name I have ever heard. 

elotescallejeros
elotescallejeros

Jan89 doesn't sound like an average person she sounds like a young, broke person. Don't worry Jan, you'll be able to get your candy somewhere else downtown.

This project will be on par with the ferry marketplace in SF making the city vibrant in a once vacant part of downtown. Much thanks to the powers-that-be, making this a reality is an awesome gift to the people of this state.

JayF
JayF

Simmer down y'all. There is a King Soopers slated to open a few blocks away at 20th and Chestnut.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

I doubt anyone is physically stopping Rite-Aid, Walgreen's, Kroger, or anyone else from putting drug stores or small groceries downtown. If they thought it was economically feasible, they would do it. As far as "useful shops," I'm not even sure what that would entail. There are plenty of 7-11s around downtown to pick up basics and plenty of cheap options for lunch all up and down the 16th street mall. What does the "average downtown worker" need that isn't currently there? No doubt that downtown lacks grocery stores, but that's almost entirely because the actual residential population is very low.

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

I completely agree with Jan89.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@JayF  That's too far away! It needs to be actually inside Union Station for all those workers.

ScottG
ScottG

There is a Walgreens downtown, and a Rite Aid, and soon there will be a Kroger ( King Soopers)

JayF
JayF

@Mantonat @JayFGreat point! Plus, it's King Soopers, not Trader Joe's. Gross.
 

Jan and I are gonna spend the rest of our lives in a huff unless a Trader Joe's and In-N-Out Burger open at Union Station.

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