Why Food Halls Are Opening in Front Range Suburbs

Because suburban dwellers in Golden, Aurora, Greenwood Village, and Westminster appreciate good food, and entertainment too

Written by Allyson Reedy for 5280.com- July 7, 2021

It makes sense, really. Multiple fast-casual eateries clustered together under one roof with a shared dining area originated in suburban malls—remember food courts?—so the “trend” of opening food halls in the ’burbs isn’t as revolutionary as it may seem. New or not, it’s happening all over the non-Denver Front Range. Food halls, so often associated with urban settings, are popping up in Golden, Aurora, Greenwood Village, and Westminster.

“My interest over the last couple years has been the periphery and underserved neighborhoods. A lot of these places have been overlooked. As people move out to the suburbs who’ve spent their time in downtown Denver, they still have the same sensibilities and interests. They want good food in a gathering spot,” says Mark Shaker, the developer behind Aurora’s Stanley Marketplace, Golden’s the Golden Mill, and Capitol Hill’s Broadway Market.

Shaker’s next suburban food hall—the recently announced Westminster Alley—will open next May in the redevelopment of the former Westminster Mall site. The 12,000-square-foot space will have five food stalls and a self-pour wall for beer, wine, and cocktails. Shaker is working with the city on common consumption permitting so that food hall-goers can take their drinks out into the development’s central square. As for the food, Shaker says the lineup of culinary tenants is still to be determined but will once again tap partner Jesusio Silva for a concept or two. (Silva runs restaurants out of all of Shaker’s halls, which serve everything from sushi and ramen to tacos.)

“I’m excited for the project,” Shaker says. “Westminster has the opportunity to create a distinctive cool spot between Denver and Boulder. I’m bullish on the neighborhood. I think there’s going to be a lot of movement to the periphery and finding those underserved areas. People [living in the suburbs] want what they enjoyed downtown, but don’t want to go downtown anymore.”

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Summer Time Fun

Happy June! Summer is here and along with that comes a lot of SUN and FUN. Many of us in the Denver area have been dreaming of these warmer days since our first fall snow fell back in early September. Sadly the summer season seems to go by so fast… so make sure to do it right and pack as much fun in as you can! Here’s a list of some ideas that will help make the perfect summer time memories.

Alamo Drafthouse Westminster and the City of Westminster present:
Reels on Wheels Drive-In Movies at Downtown Westminster

July 7-30 (Wed, Thurs., and Fri. nights)

This July, don’t miss Westminster’s Reels on Wheels pop-up cinema for the best drive-in cinema in the metro region! Our wide range of classic films are only part of the fun; come early to enjoy a rotation schedule of live entertainment before the movie! From improv comedy troupes to the state’s best musical entertainers, we’ve carefully paired a range of acts to our featured films! Enjoy twice the entertainment for one low price! Supported by North Metro Arts Alliance. Purchase tickets here. Only one ticket per car is required. Ticket includes a $10 voucher to Alamo Drafthouse Westminster.

Film on the Rocks is back for its 22nd season! Enjoy a one-of-a-kind drive-in movie experience at the iconic Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre as well as in-amphitheatre films.

Drive-in films will be presented on an LED screen located in the Red Rocks Lower South Lot 2 parking area with audio delivered via a designated FM radio frequency. RVs, buses, or any hitched trailers are not allowed and will be denied entry. No grilling on the grounds, vehicle roofs or hoods.

Film on the Rocks is a collaborative production of the Denver Film and Denver Arts & Venues.

DRIVE-IN PRICE

$59.50 Per Car

GATES OPEN

7:30 PM

FILM BEGINS

8:30 PM

DRIVE-IN LOCATION

Lower South Lot 2

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Coca-Cola, Popcorn & Candy BUY TICKETS

The Lineup:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 26 2021

DIRTY DANCING

THURSDAY, MAY 27 2021

JAWS

FRIDAY, MAY 28 2021

ENTER THE DRAGON

SATURDAY, MAY 29 2021

THE SANDLOT

SUNDAY, MAY 30 2021

BEETLEJUICE

MONDAY, MAY 31 2021

ALIENS

WEDNESDAY, JUN 02 2021

PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE

THURSDAY, JUN 03 2021

DON’T TELL MOM THE BABYSITTER’S DEAD

FRIDAY, JUN 04 2021

THE AVENGERS

SATURDAY, JUN 05 2021

COMING TO AMERICA

SUNDAY, JUN 06 2021

FANTASTIC MR. FOX

WEDNESDAY, JUN 09 2021

LA BAMBA

THURSDAY, JUN 10 2021

MOULIN ROUGE

FRIDAY, JUN 11 2021

BLACK PANTHER

SATURDAY, JUN 12 2021

THE LOST BOYS

SUNDAY, JUN 13 2021

GOLDENEYE

WEDNESDAY, JUN 16 2021

DO THE RIGHT THING

THURSDAY, JUN 17 2021

LEGALLY BLONDE

FRIDAY, JUN 18 2021

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

SATURDAY, JUN 19 2021

INDEPENDENCE DAY

SUNDAY, JUN 20 2021

THE SHINING