The Preservery to open in RiNo in March

Restaurant industry veterans and musicians Obe and Whitney Ariss will open The Preservery in RiNo in March.

The fast-casual eatery, bakery, marketplace and bar is located in an old warehouse that now is the Backyard on Blake complex. The community-driven food and music hall will be open six days a week featuring breakfast and lunch, as well as dinner, late-night and regular live music performances. 

The Preservery also has joined a movement of restaurants that are doing away with tipping and instead is pricing its menu to reflect the costs of labor. The system will allow the restaurant to set its starting minimum wage at $14.50 an hour and provide full health benefits and shift meals to employees.

"We are building a social enterprise," Whitney Ariss says. "Our mission with The Preservery is to help create positive change in the community and get more people supporting local food and music."

The menu focuses on maximizing the local supply chain to create familiar yet inspired dishes, as well as preserves of all kinds -- from cheese and salumi to pickles and jellies.

The music will be inspired by the music scene in New Orleans, where both great food and live music are celebrated.

The Preservery's mission is to build community through everything they do, not just by bringing people together with music and food but also through education, outreach and fundraising, sustainability and practicing gratitude.

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