From 1865 to 2018, the Golden Mill at 1012 Ford Street was a hub of activity in Golden. Come early 2021, it will be once again. That’s when Golden Mill feed & drink, the long-awaited food hall …
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From 1865 to 2018, the Golden Mill at 1012 Ford Street was a hub of activity in Golden. Come early 2021, it will be once again.
That’s when Golden Mill feed & drink, the long-awaited food hall and community gathering place being constructed at the site, is now slated to open its doors.
Originally targeted to open in 2019, the hall’s opening has been slowed by the COVID-19 pandemic and other delays. But Susan Ganter, who teamed up with her husband and two other area couples to open the hall, said the pandemic and the challenges it is presenting for restaurants and food halls everywhere hasn’t dampened their enthusiasm for or belief in the project.
“We were already at a point where you just don’t turn back,” Ganter said of continuing work on the hall amid the pandemic. “And we are so excited about the project and believe that people are going to want to be wanting to come together and missing that connection.”
The team’s desire to foster that sense of connection will be woven into the DNA of the new space, which will feature a large outdoor plaza and rooftop deck (a first for downtown Golden) in addition to four different restaurant stalls, “a café area,” private event spaces and a beer hall.
Although Golden Mill is intended to be a destination for eating and drinking, Ganter said there are plans for the outdoor plaza, which faces Ford Street, to host live music, pop up markets and other events in an effort to “keep the space activated.
The rooftop, which Ganter said will be outfitted with heaters and a fire pit to create a space that can be enjoyed nine months a year if not year-around, will offer a unique perspective from which to view Clear Creek, North and South Table Mountains and other landmarks of central Golden.
“The views are just unbelievable,” Ganter said. “It will be great to sit up here with a drink in the summer and watch the tubers float by.”
The central downtown location that allows for those views will also make the hall a draw to locals and tourists alike.
“The Golden Mill food hall has been eagerly anticipated by the Golden community who appreciate the history, concept and local people behind it,” said Megan Pinson, a community marketing coordinator for Visit Golden. “ With its location so close to Coors, I’m sure it will be the beneficiary of a lot of tour traffic once they are running again.”
The team is not quite ready to announce specifics about what will occupy the food stalls but hopes to give some details by October or November.
In an age when it sometimes feels like there is a food hall opening on every other block in metro Denver (Golden already has the Tributary Food Hall & Drinkery located just a short block away from Golden Mill on 12th Street), the Golden Mill team says the space’s history will be one of its draws.
Prior to starting construction, they went through a process to get both sides of the building designated historic by the city. They are also constructing a glass stairway structure that is meant to mimic the mill race that brought water into the mill and planning to keep and restore the iconic Golden Mill mural sign on the Ford Street side of the building that dates back to the 1950s.
“We really wanted to use the history of the building,” Ganter said. “A big part of the reason we bought it in the first place is we wanted to keep Golden Mill as a space for the community rather than see it torn down to build housing or something.”
That will likely be welcome news to longtime residents like Mary Ramstetter.
“People used to talk about Golden in relation to where the feed store was,” Ramstetter told the Transcript in 2018. “It’s a real landmark.”
Now, perhaps, they will talk about in relation to where the Golden Mill food hall is.
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