Golden’s Tributary is in transition

Pandemic leads to changes, new options at Golden food hall

Paul Albani-Burgio
palbaniburgio@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 9/1/20

Goldenites heading back out to the Tributary Food Hall & Drinkery for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began will find a lot has changed while they were away. Sure, some of the tables …

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Golden’s Tributary is in transition

Pandemic leads to changes, new options at Golden food hall

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Goldenites heading back out to the Tributary Food Hall & Drinkery for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began will find a lot has changed while they were away.

Sure, some of the tables inside the year-old hall have been removed and you can’t go far without running into a bottle of hand sanitizer. But the biggest changes have actually been to the hall’s vendor line up.

Gone are Fringe Pizza, Thai Kun, Woodgrain Bagels, and the SurMesa Taqueria. In their place are new stalls offering gyros, crepes, pizzas and, for now, burgers.

Melissa Lutz, Tributary’s GM, said the changes were spurred by the decision of the departed tenants to focus on other restaurants they own in the wake of the challenges posed by COVID-19.

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For Sean Johnson and Miranda Cloutier, the owners of the existing Amore Gelato stand inside the hall, those departures created an opportunity.

So in July, the pair opened Vito’s Pizza and Pasta, Gyros Authentic Greek Pita Sandwiches and Crepes & Co. inside the hall.

At Vito’s, diners can create their own personal pizza or bowl of pasta or choose from signature pizzas such as the Hawaiian and Veggie. Gyros, meanwhile, offers the sandwiches for which it is named while Crepes and Co. sells savory and sweet crepes (the most popular is the bananaberry, said Cloutier) and four varieties of fresh squeezed lemonade that is poured into huge plastic cups.

“The thing is everything is cyclical,” said Cloutier of why she and Johnson decided they wanted to bring new concepts to the hall at a time when others were leaving it. “So we just wanted to take the opportunity that we have here to expand and to grow.”

In August, the final vacant space in the market was taken over by Grillwerks, offering burgers along with Cubans, Philly cheesesteaks and other sandwiches. However, it will change over again next month when it is taken over by Barefoot BBQ, which currently operates out of a food truck in the metro area.

Those who frequent Tributary can expect the Grillwerks/Barefoot BBQ space to change about every six months going forward as it will now be a restaurant incubator where burgeoning restaurateurs can try out a new concept before finding a more permanent location for it.

While Tributary’s vendor spaces are full once again, other changes could also be ahead in the coming months. Cloutier said the pair was invited to bring in Crepes & Co. to provide a breakfast option at the hall while Tributary’s owners decide what they want to do with the space long term. The other new concepts also could evolve depending on how they fare.

“We may be changing them out eventually,” said Lutz. “We are looking to try to find really good vendors that are going to be in it for the long haul and taking our time searching for the right fit.”

But Goldenites may want to keep their eye on Tributary in the meantime.

“We will have a couple of other surprises, but are still working on the details of those,” said Josh Dinar, who co-owns Tributary.

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