Concept Restaurants will open Boulder Social in the former Ska space, Fate
Concept Restaurants Inc., a chain of restaurants and watering holes in Boulder and Denver owned by local hospitality luminaries Frank and Gina Day, is now the latest group to try its hand at setting up shop at 1600 38th St. in Boulder, the former home of Fate Brewing Co. and the short-lived Ska Street Brewstillery.
Boulder Social is slated to open this summer and will serve as a sister restaurant to Stout Street Social in Denver.
The menu will include small and large plates, oysters, sushi, burgers, sandwiches and rustic specialty pizzas, a company spokesperson told BizWest.
The bar will serve draft beer from the in-house brewery and guest beer taps, frozen drinks, craft cocktails and wine, according to Concept. The location includes two outdoor patios for community and live music events.
The 38th Street location has been bitten in recent years.
First, Fate filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in late 2018 and closed its Boulder location in May 2019 after an unsuccessful reorganization effort.
Durango’s Ska Brewing Co. obtained much of Fate’s gear in a bankruptcy auction and partnered with Palisade-based Peach Street Distillers to reclaim the space in 2020.
Ska Street had a 30-tap tasting room and a 10-barrel brewing system that it hoped would produce 500 to 1,000 barrels per year.
The establishment had just opened when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and all bars and restaurants in Colorado were temporarily closed.
The facility reopened about two months later for limited service but closed in early 2022.
The Days have been active in the hospitality scene in Boulder and beyond for decades.
Groups they have owned or helped start include Rock Bottom Restaurants Inc., Old Chicago, Walnut Brewery, and ChopHouse & Brewery; Colorado’s first microbrewery, Boulder Beer; Boulder’s signature watering hole The Walrus; upscale lodges Hotel Boulderado and Table Mountain Inn in Golden; Downtown Boulder Inc., a non-profit organization focused on promoting downtown Boulder; and the Day Family Foundation.
Frank Day was inducted into the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame in 2003 and was named an Entrepreneurial Innovator in 2004 by the Boulder Chamber. Gina Day is inducted into the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame in 2018.
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