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Steuben's aims to fill Olde Town breakfast gap

The retro-style diner started breakfast service Sept. 13


Blueberry pancakes, avocado toast and a Greek yogurt and granola parfait are new on the menu at Steuben's Arvada, which started serving breakfast Sept. 13.

“We're hoping to bring a great quality product to Arvada with extend hours and have a community place for morning meetings,” said Joey Casanova, general manager of Steuben's Arvada.

The retro-style diner located on Ralston Road on the edge of Olde Town will now open at 8 a.m. daily serving breakfast until 11 a.m. Monday through Friday and brunch on Saturday and Sunday until 3 p.m.

Brunch is already a staple at the eatery, which open in Arvada last March. Casanova said those shifts are two of the busiest each week. The biggest difference between the brunch and breakfast menu, Casanova said, is that brunch features appetizers, salads and sandwiches, while breakfast will be solely entrées and drinks. However, the bar will be open.

“It's a full bar, so you can always have a bloody mary on a Tuesday at 8 a.m,” Casanova said. “Why not?”

Some brunch staples gracing the breakfast menu include the smothered breakfast burrito; the standard breakfast of two eggs, meat, hash browns and toast; the popular biscuits and gravy; and house-cured lox and bagels.

Some of Casanova's favorite breakfast items making the menu are the loaded Belgian waffle with caramelized banana, bacon and a peanut butter whip — a play on the Elvis — and two sandwiches, the Steuby Sammy, featuring an egg cooked over medium with choice of bacon, ham or sausage served on a toasted brioche roll with chili garlic aioli; and the chicken biscuit, an open face crispy chicken breast sandwich with sausage gravy and bacon on top of a scratch-made biscuit.

Breakfast is only being rolled out at the Arvada Steuben's location and not its uptown eatery. One reason, Casanova said, is because they want to fill the breakfast void that the closing of The Eggshell left.

Other Olde Town eats

The Eggshell, on the corner of Olde Wadsworth and Ralston Road, closed unexpectedly Aug. 7, citing staffing woes as the reason for the breakfast and lunch eatery's demise.

But a replacement eatery is already slated for the vacant space at 5699 Olde Wadsworth Blvd. Flying Pig Bacon Co. announced announced on Facebook Aug. 10 that they were taking over the space.

Operated by Jamie Shotton, expanding from his Westrail Tap & Grill in Lakewood and the The Flying Pig Burger Co. in Littleton roots, the Flying Pig Bacon Co. is now hiring with the aim of an early 2018 debut.

Details are scant, other than confirmation of a bacon-focused future.

On the other end of Olde Wadsworth, Smokin Fins Grill is preparing to open space left vacant by Silvi's Kitchen on Grandview Avenue, which closed in March.

The seafood restaurant, with an eclectic menu of sushi, smoked meat and plated fish, will mimic the fair and atmosphere of its other location in Littleton. Plans are to open by the end of the year.

Also opening in Olde Town before the end of the year is The Cereal Box. Owner Michael Emmerson said the current goal is to be up and running before Halloween.

Located in the former Rolling Sands Yoga storefront next to the Arvada Tavern and the former Ophelia's Restaurant on Olde Wadsworth, The Cereal Box is a specialty cereal eatery aimed at giving youth a place to hang out while feeding the nostalgia of `80s and `90s kids.

Emmerson's original hope was to open in September, but the shops Kickstarter campaign, which had a goal of raising $35,000, failed, causing a delay.

Next door, Scott Spears — owner of School House Kitchen and Scrumptious — took ownership of the old Ophelia's building. Spears said he's still working to develop a concept for the space, but he is 95 percent sure it will be a restaurant.


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