Hodson’s Bar & Grill – Downtown Denver

Denver, Colorado

McDermott Associates

Following up on the success of the first Hodson’s restaurant in The Streets at SouthGlenn, Centennial, Colorado, the owners of the restaurant, in cooperation with the Denver Place building owners, reassembled the original design and construction team of McDermott and Jordy to build-out their new restaurant in Downtown Denver.

The Downtown Hodson’s is located in what was a vacant shell space on the first floor of Denver Place. As is typically the case, building out a restaurant in a downtown hi-rise comes with its share of challenges. The project required access for mechanical and electrical systems spanning from level B3 of the building’s parking garage for a new 3,000 gallon grease interceptor to the roof of the 7th floor for the kitchen exhaust fans. Jordy worked with the HVAC subcontractor to devise a system to weld, insulate, and inspect sections of grease duct on the first floor, then hoist them into place in the 7 story mechanical shaft, thus minimizing access requirements to each of the occupied floors above the restaurant. Separate projects were added during the middle of the restaurant build-out that included a substantial exterior patio and the remodel of the building’s restrooms to bring them up to ADA compliance since the existing ADA restrooms were demo’d as part of the restaurant build-out. All three of these projects were completed in a mere 14 weeks.

The finishes of the downtown Hodson’s restaurant share certain elements with The Streets at SouthGlenn location with a few upgrades thrown in for good measure. Keeping with the Hodson’s theme, there is a large bar with gorgeous slab top and multiple levels of dining room space that are accented with various millwork and wallcovering finishes. The rotisserie oven is a hold-over from the original Hodson’s, but an added feature is a built-in pizza oven surrounded by decorative glass tile walls. Parties can be held in the expansive private dining room that boasts a 65” recessed flat screen and a beautiful wine cabinet that can hold over 800 bottles.