Denver on the Rise
Improvements Take to the Skies
Denver International Airport has announced a 2018 slate of nonstop international service expansion that includes Calgary, Paris, Zurich and London. The Denver City Council approved a $1.8 billion reconfiguration of the famous Jeppesen Terminal that will include concourse expansions, new dining options and more efficient security. This development will coincide with the construction of 39 new gates among the airport’s three terminals, resulting in a capacity of 61 million annual travelers upon completion in 2021.
New Front Range Lodging
The reinvigorated Union Station neighborhood will soon be home to the 12-story Hilton Garden Inn, a 233-room complex steps away from the city’s nightlife. Opening in the heart of Denver’s River North (RiNo) neighborhood is the Ramble Hotel. This three-story, 50-room building will offer an intimate theater space, outdoor courtyard and the first outpost of the Death & Co. bar from New York’s East Village. The new Staybridge Suites in downtown Denver’s refurbished Tremont Place Complex provides easy access to the 16th Street Mall and Denver Art Museum as well as a state-of-the- art fitness center. Guests seeking a longer stay should consider the recently opened Element Hotel by Marriott. The complex will include 157 studio, one- and two-bedroom guest rooms that feature full kitchenettes.
The Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art established its new Golden Triangle Creative District home in 2018. The new structure houses 5,000 works from over 500 Colorado artists, including 550 paintings from famed surrealist painter and Denver native Vance Kirkland. Next door, the Denver Art Museum will host the American premiere of “Dior: From Paris to the World” this fall. This gallery will chronicle 70 years of the French designer’s influence on global fashion and showcase his iconic dresses and accessories.
Opened in March, Zeppelin Station is a 100,000-square-foot food hall that showcases international cuisine in a Modernist structure in the heart of the RiNo neighborhood. Stations include Aloha Poke Co. (specializing in sushi and Pacific Rim cuisine), Namkeen (which serves Indian street food) and Dandy Lion (which brews Vietnamese coffee). Slated to open in summer 2018 is the Dairy Block Micro-District. Anchored by the Maven Hotel near Coors Field, this multi-business development will feature hip eateries along a paved outdoor walkway. A food hall overseen by famed Denver chef Frank Bonanno will include a pizzeria, wine bar and gourmet crêperie. Union Station’s ever-expanding dining options now include Jennifer Jasinski’s Ultreia, which specializes in Spanish and Portuguese tapas and pinxtos.