The Dairy Block — Denver’s newest micro-development of shops, restaurants and tenants — plans to cover 66,000 square feet, taking over the entire block between 18th, 19th, Blake and Wazee Streets. The space will be home to a slew of hot tenants from Chef Frank Bonanno’s Milk Market to Mr. Pink (a live music lounge), a boutique hotel and Poka Lola Social Club (one of Denver’s sexiest cocktail bars) and now, Huckleberry Coffee Roasters.
“Huckleberry wanted to be downtown,” expressed owner Koan Goedman. “So when we heard that this massive development project the size of a city block was looking for a coffee shop, we wanted to be a part of that conversation.”
Goedman owns all three of Huckleberry’s locations (one of which is now called Port Side) and Bar Fausto. He began the process nearly a year and a half ago, but it finally wrapped up last week when they opened its doors downtown.
“Our location on Pecos is very residential,” he explained. “Our regulars are people that live in the neighborhood, they bring their kids… we’ve gotten to know their families. This location is the polar opposite of that.”
Nestled between The Maven Hotel and what will be Bonnano’s Milk Market on Wazee, Huckleberry’s third location is truly in the epicenter of downtown Denver. And Goedman understands that with the new, bustling location comes the expectation of new and exciting menu items.
“We’re bringing in food and frozen drinks,” Goedman said. “The Huckleberry coffee shake is one of them, two parts coffee and one part Frozen Matter sweet cream ice cream. It’s like the best version of a frappuccino.”
In addition to the Huckleberry Coffee Shake, its Wazee location will offer the Summer in Vietnam, a Huckleberry play on Vietnamese coffee and “Your Favorite Smoothie,” Huckleberry’s blueberry, banana and almond butter blend. And the team isn’t just upping its drink game — the new shop will serve a selection of breakfast bites, and we’re already drooling.
“We’re doing avocado toast because what coffee shop doesn’t have avocado toast?” he said, laughing. “And gluten-free buckwheat waffles are on the menu, in both sweet and savory. The toppings will change with the seasons, but right now we’re doing a sweet option with Noosa yogurt, fresh fruit and a little bit of maple syrup and a savory option with lemon, thyme, ricotta, some apricot jam and a little maple.”
In addition to the frozen drinks and elevated eats, Huckleberry Dairy Block will have kombucha and cold brew on tap, three to five rotating batch coffees, three espresso options and a full tea menu. They have a small patio and garage door facing Wazee in the coming months for passersby to grab a coffee or a bite to-go, an element that is sure to keep Coors Field attendants and downtown dwellers alike caffeinated while on the move.
“We’re excited to be downtown,” said Goedman. “Denver is an amazing city to be in, and we’re happy to be in the epicenter of it.”
Huckleberry is located in the Dairy Block on 1800 Wazee. It’s open every day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (though they plan to extend their evening hours as summer approaches.) For more information on their new location check them out here.