Last component of remodeled Buffalo Rose to open Memorial Day weekend

Restaurant to serve Colorado regional cuisine with a Latin influence

Posted 5/15/19

The Buffalo Rose has traditionally been known for a lot of things, but great food wasn’t one of them, said Chris Cone, owner of the Buffalo Rose. “And now, we have the opportunity to stamp the …

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Last component of remodeled Buffalo Rose to open Memorial Day weekend

Restaurant to serve Colorado regional cuisine with a Latin influence

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The Buffalo Rose has traditionally been known for a lot of things, but great food wasn’t one of them, said Chris Cone, owner of the Buffalo Rose.

“And now, we have the opportunity to stamp the landscape with a great dining experience,” Cone said.

The Buffalo Rose’s new restaurant will open will open Memorial Day weekend.

“The food will reflect the Colorado feel,” said Jan Vonada, Buffalo Rose’s executive chef. “We want to provide the full Colorado experience.”

The new menu will consist of Colorado regional cuisine with a Latin influence in gastropub style, Vonada said. Everything will be made of fresh ingredients and much of it will be locally sourced. Some examples include bison ribs, chorizo and goat cheese stuffed jalapeños and smoked Colorado lamb shoulder. There will also be gluten free, dairy free and vegan menu options.

Vonada and the other kitchen staff will operate out of a brand new 2,000 square foot multifunctional kitchen. It will be able to serve the entertainment venue, the restaurant and private functions simultaneously.

The restaurant’s dining spaces occupy about 8,000 square feet of the venue, and can seat 220 people. This includes a lounge area with a fireplace and outdoor seating.

It is the last component to open of the newly remodeled Buffalo Rose, 1119 Washington Ave. in downtown Golden. The restaurant’s opening follows the grand opening of The State Room in April and the Buffalo Rose’s entertainment/concert venue earlier this year. The State Room is located on the second floor and it serves locally made spirits from State 38 Distilling.

The Buffalo Rose “has been a part of the fabric of Golden for a long time,” Cone said, who bought the Buffalo Rose in 2016. “It’s got an interesting story (and) we’re trying to let it live.”

The building was originally built in 1859 and has been home to many businesses through the years as well as a meeting place — the territorial council, the equivalent of a senate, met there when Golden was the capital of the Colorado territory. It has also been a gathering place — saloon/bar and restaurant — for much of its history. It survived prohibition by converting to soft drinks, but went back to serving liquor when prohibition was repealed. It has hosted live music since the mid-1980s.

The Buffalo Rose closed on Nov. 19, 2017 to undergo the major remodel. Cone made a conscious decision to keep the Buffalo Rose as a dining-and-entertainment venue, and his intentions with the remodel was always to keep the historical aesthetics of the building, but modernize.

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“It’s got a remarkable combination of old and new,” Cone said.

Certain spaces within the Buffalo Rose have a different atmosphere that’s consistent with the era they were originally built, Cone said. For example, the entertainment/concert venue is modeled after a glamorous 1920s theatre, and the restaurant meant to resemble an 1800s-1900s saloon, Cone said.

“We wanted to provide a unique experience, no matter what you’re here for,” Cone said.

The atmosphere of the Buffalo Rose, along with its food, beverages and entertainment will be what allows people to experience the history of Golden as a true town of the American West, Cone said.

“Golden is a beautiful town and this (the Buffalo Rose) is a compliment to it,” Cone said. “I’m excited we get to give the people of Golden and its visitors a true glimpse of what Golden was at the turn of the 19th Century.”

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