A variety of culinary talents will have the opportunity to showcase their skills in the latest concept to be announced for Zeppelin Station, a creative workplace and marketplace slated to open March 12 at the 38th and Blake light-rail station in Denver’s River North neighborhood.
No Vacancy will feature a rotating lineup of of local, national and international restaurants that will occupy the front-and-center space, each for a 60- to 90-day stint.
The first guest to stay in No Vacancy will be Comal, the heritage food incubator in partnership with non-profit Focus Points Family Resource Center, where female entrepreneurs from the Globeville and Elyria-Swansea districts cook and serve the Mexican, El Salvadorian, Syrian and Ethiopian foods they grew up eating, while honing their culinary and business skills. Zeppelin Station will be the second, albeit temporary, outpost of Comal, which calls the Taxi development its permanent home.
The rest of the of food and beverage lineup includes:
- Kiss + Ride, the main floor bar
- Big Trouble, the upstairs cocktail bar and lounge
- Namkeen, Indian snacks and street food
- injoi, Korean comfort food
- Au Feu: Montreal Smoked Meats
- Vinh Xuong Bakery, a third-generation, family-owned banh mi shop
- Aloha Poke Co., made-to-order raw fish bowls
- Gelato Boy, a Boulder-based gelato shop
- Dandy Lion Coffee
A full-service anchor restaurant, separate from the food stalls, will be revealed this summer.
“When we originally envisioned Zeppelin Station, we imagined a day and night destination where you’d find the most sought-after food and drinks in the city,” says Justin Anderson, director of hospitality development for Zeppelin Development. “Over the past year, we’ve assembled a lineup of highly regarded, independent operators who will showcase their very best dishes in an environment that encourages diners to personally experience the dishes being prepared through smell, sight and sound.”
The market hall also will be the new home of the RiNo Arts District and the organization’s retail shop that showcases pieces created by local artists
Designed by award-winning Dynia Architects, Zeppelin Station is on track for LEED certification and features indoor-outdoor open spaces, high ceilings, natural light and native plants in the exterior landscapes. Above the market hall, three floors of office suites offer roll-up garage doors that provide access onto green roof terraces overlooking the Denver skyline and Rocky Mountains. Office tenants include Beatport, Brandfolder and Love Your Hood.
“Denverites are seeking similar amenities in their workplace that they have at home: well-designed spaces, ready access to fresh air, great views and natural light in a hall experience on the ground floor that is the ultimate amenity,” says Kyle Zeppelin, president of Zeppelin Development.