Is RiNo the New LoHi?
I’m calling it right now – RiNo is the new LoHi. Mark my words.
I’ve blogged previously about how RiNo stands for “Right Now” – but it may stand for a bit more after this phenomenal year RiNo has had. The Source celebrated its one year anniversary, and The Industry, (located at 30th and Brighton Blvd), which shares the same concept as The Source, is thriving as well.
The Industry opened up with Tengu, a noodle shop, Will Call, a tavern, and now Wystone’s World Teas, a specialty tea shop. Griffin will hopefully open soon – their menu sounds to die for. Classic German beer hall complete with 2,500 square foot outdoor beer garden? Bring on the lederhosen. The Industry seems to house more start-up businesses, like Uber, whereas The Source houses more start-up restaurants. The two don’t even need to compete! Just give me an Uber after I’ve had too many sour beers from Crooked Stave and we’re all good.
In 2015, RiNo will get another development called The Market in the H.H. Tammen Building between 26th and 27th on Larimer. Developer Ken Wolf and James Beard semi-finalist Jeff Osaka are pairing up to bring this 12,000 square foot food hall to RiNo. Preliminary reports say that there will be a rotisserie, ice cream parlor, deli, cheese shop, fish market, produce and flowers, a bakery, a coffee house, a candy store, a butcher, a wine bar, and a dry goods market. Whoa. If they had townhomes you would never need to leave your block. What’s even better is that Jeff Osaka will bring two new restaurants: Osaka Ramen and Sushi-Rama (which will deliver sushi to you on a conveyor belt – cool? I can’t decide.)
Another exciting development coming to RiNo will be Backyard on Blake, situated between 30th and 31st on Blake St. This giant market space is different than the others in that it’ll have residential and a large courtyard attached to it! This new development will house residential, office, studio, and retail spaces, all built around a park, or “backyard”. The warehouse part will be 12,500 square feet, renovated to maximize the existing 1932 architecture. The backyard will be open to Blake Street residents and visitors – how much fun will it be to get lunch at one of the future restaurants and have a picnic? There will also be residences brought to you by Sprocket Design Build, so you know they’re going to rock. They start in the $300k’s; prices vary depending on floor plans. If you’d like more info, please contact the listing agent (hint: you probably know who this is)!
This giant-market-with-start-ups seems to be a growing trend in RiNo, which is totally cool. It gives Denverites a place to go that’s totally different than what we’re used to. It seems a little more grown up, right? The people of Denver want to have a large-city vibe because we love our city and want others to know it. RiNo has become so hot with all the changes lately, and really, mark my words: RiNo will be the new LoHi.