- Courtesy Atomic Cowboy
We now know at least part of what's going into the former Southside Johnny's location at 528 S. Tejon St. It's a three-in-one restaurant and bar setup, featuring the Denver Biscuit Company (denbisco.com), Fat Sully's New York Pizza (fatsullys.com), and the Atomic Cowboy (atomiccowboy.net). It's the newest of four such eateries in Florida transplant Drew Shader's portfolio.
"It's just a cool project," says Shader. "We've got an amazing old building; we're going to add new [elements] to it, so we'll have a nice mix of old and new." Of note, Shader says he's only using part of the space — additional tenants are likely.
Shader started the Atomic Cowboy in 2004 as a divey whiskey-and-PBR spot on Denver's Colfax Avenue (it's since shifted craftier). But the itch to run a kitchen and need for a good slice of New York pizza led him to open Fat Sully's in 2008.
"Basically all of our concepts are born out of selfishness," says Shader. "If there's something in Denver I can't find that I want [I make it]." He adds that while many bar kitchens close before last call, Fat Sully's serves until 2 a.m. and even delivers until 1 a.m., making it accessible for late-working bar and restaurant people. The dough's formulated to evoke real New York slices, crisp on the bottom but chewy enough to fold, the product of giving the yeast two days to develop texture and flavor.
In 2009, he added Denver Biscuit Co. for breakfast and lunch service, fully shifting to a food-first space. In addition to authentic Southern biscuit sandwiches with house-made sausage, gravy and fried chicken, the space will offer pot pies, shrimp and grits, and more, though Shader says it's all about the biscuits. In addition to the three extant three-in-one spots, there's a stand-alone Denver Biscuit in Aurora.
The Springs location will have all these food items and 24 taps, plus around a dozen house cocktails. Shader doesn't expect to open until spring 2018 at the earliest.