Fast and casual concepts have become a staple in Denver. Our active community seems to increasingly demand a balance between quality and speed with spaces that incorporate both. The newest concept to fit the bill is The Rotary — a fast, casual restaurant serving rustic, artisan food set to open in Avanti Food & Beverage this October.

“We think The Rotary’s health-conscious food, flavor profiles and presentation are on trend with how many of our guests are eating on a regular basis, so we’re very excited for this concept to join the collective,” said Patrick O’Neill, co-owner of Avanti Food & Beverage. “We are hoping that Avanti can serve as a launching pad for The Rotary to expand into the larger Denver market.”

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Everything on The Rotary’s menu will be $15 or less. Guests can expect to see offerings from local meats cooked on a wood-fired Churrasco rotisserie to grilled broccolini, house-made potato chips, sandwiches and even some gluten-free options. The man behind this menu has experience when it comes to Avanti — chef and co-owner Don Gragg is formerly of Chow Morso, which got its start at the food hall. But besides his time here, he worked in esteemed eateries from California to New York including Chez Panisse and Gramercy Tavern.

“My history has been in fine dining and I have long wanted to bring that quality and flavor to a fast-casual setting. After observing the guests and ambiance at Avanti over the last few years, I believe our concept is a perfect fit,” explained Gragg. “Grilling meats over a wood-fired rotisserie brings out the best flavors and we are excited to be able to offer this at one of Denver’s most popular food halls.”

Chow Morso will serve Avanti until September 30 before operating full-time out of its brick and mortar location at 1500 Wynkoop Street. The Rotary is set to open in its place in early October.

It will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday. For more information on The Rotary stay tuned here. 

Photo by Kyle Cooper.