There’s a new market in RiNo, and if you live near 2669 Larimer St., it could make your life a lot easier.
Appropriately, it’s called Central Market.
There are a couple small grocers in the area and a King Soopers in LoDo, and The Source is on the other side of the tracks, but if you live in this particular part of the neighborhood, picking up provisions is more than a short walk away. So it made sense that chef and restaurateur Jeff Osaka and developer Ken Wolfe would want to put their market here.
Central Market has just about everything you might want — coffee, fish, meat, cheese, produce, baked goods, ice cream, chocolate, Italian food and cooking provisions, soup, salad, Israeli dishes, a bar and a teeny tiny bodega.
It’s a lot. Pace yourself.
It’s a gourmet market, so the prices are a little on the gourmet side, but only barely. Here’s a sampling:
- A pizza from Vero Italian costs $10-$14.
- A small meat and cheese board from Culture Meat & Cheese costs $15.
- A cocktail at Curio costs $8-$10.
- A beer costs $4-$7.
- A pint of ice cream from High Point Creamery costs $8.95.
- A half-dozen oysters at Silva’s Fish Market costs $16.
Central Market opens to the public on Sunday, Sept. 25.
You can sit at the bar or at one of the communal high-top tables and enjoy your drink, or you can take it with you while you shop the rest of the market.
Curio has six standard cocktails, five signatures cocktails (one is called Fumblefork Fancypants and contains passion fruit pearls!), a good beer and wine selection, pairings of 10-ounce beers and shots and four non-alcoholic cocktails.
Izzio Artisan Bakery
Izzio (formerly known as Udi’s) is part bakery, part restaurant. In addition to the handmade breads and pastries from head pastry chef Jason LeBeau, executive chef Robin Bar-on is making dishes like shashuka — North African braised tomato sauce, poached eggs, challah bread and chorizo.
This will be the first year-round retail Izzio location.
High Point Creamery
Among the variety of sweet and creamy treats Erika Thomas and Chad Stutz will be serving at their second High Point Creamery location are Brooklyn egg creams, bombes, vegan ice cream, ice cream flights and sodas made with small-batch syrups.
Chef Jon Robbins is making his first foray into chocolates with Temper. The shop will offer treats from chocolatiers from across America and Europe, as well as Temper’s own in-house chocolatier.
Part coffee shop, part bodega. The owners saw a need for a bodega in the neighborhood and decided to fill it. In addition to cold brews, cappuccinos and the like, you’ll be able to pick up milk, eggs, butter, yogurt, bulk coffee, coffee brewing equipment, magazines and bike tubes, among other things.
The Local Butcher
The Local Butcher will have beef, pork, poultry, lamb, bison and house-made sausages, plus Italian meatball and pulled beef sandwiches with rotating soup options.
The meat will be locally sourced as much as possible, and the staff will put an emphasis teaching customers about whole animal butchery.
Silva’s Fish Market
Silva’s, on the other hand, won’t be so locally focused, it being hard to do that with seafood in a landlocked state. Sushi Sasa’s Jesus Silva and Jeff Osaka will be offering salmon, tuna, halibut, clams, lobster, mussels and more. Sit down at the bar (bring your drink with you!) and have the ceviches, oysters on the half-shell and fresh fried tostadas. Or take it all to go. Choose your own seafood adventure.
Headed up by Il Posto’s Andrea Frizzi, Vero serves pasta dishes and food-fired pizza, but it also acts as a mini-Italian grocer, with uncooked pasta, giardeniera, sauces, olive oil and much more.
SK Provisions boasts two antique rotisserie ovens for slow-roasting poultry, pork and beef. They’ll also serve a selection of sides, soups and salads.
Culture Meat & Cheese
For this sushi-style meat-and-cheese bar, Chef Justin Brunson fis bringing in charcuteries from Old Major and other places across Colorado, the country and the world. You can buy cheese and charcuterie to take home in bulk or on pre-prepared boards. The menu also includes sandwiches, farm toasts and a bowl of granola, yogurt, honey and fruit preserves.
They also have something called a meat cone.
Green Seed is sort of a produce shop and sort of a restaurant. They describe it best themselves: “Our food showcases our produce and helps customers shop for meals they can prepare at home.” So if you need a morning juice in RiNo, for one thing, this is your stop.