Welton Street Cafe is back with catering, pop ups and a Thanksgiving food drive

Welton Street Cafe, the famed Five Points restaurant, closed its original Welton Street location in March, with plans to open a new, larger space at 2883 Welton Street. This summer, it provided takeout and catering at 2258 California Street, but that temporary space closed in September.

Now, however, it’s back. A few weeks ago, the restaurant was connected to the Church in the City at 1580 Gaylord Street; is operating out of that space as a catering operation with some planned pop-ups.

Welton Street Cafe is also cooking about 2,000 meals this week for a Thanksgiving food drive organized by the Northeast Denver Holiday Philanthropy Coalition (NEDHPC) and funded by Robert F. Smith, a native Denver investor and philanthropist. . Each meal feeds a family of four and will be available for delivery or pickup at the Park Hill Golf Course (4141 East 35th Avenue) on November 22 and 23 from noon to 6 p.m., and on Thanksgiving. , November 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. pm Delivery can also be requested by calling 720-671-9733.

Fathima Dickerson, a spokeswoman for the family restaurant, says it’s an honor to cook Thanksgiving meals. She explains that this gives the business a chance to remind the community that it is here. “What we are trying to do during construction [of the new restaurant] it’s making sure we’re visible and relevant in the community,” she says.

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Welton Street Cafe is now available for catering.

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The new catering operation and pop-ups are also part of that reminder. For the past month, Welton Street has been doing pop-ups at Spangalang Brewery and Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center on weekends, and plans to schedule more after the Thanksgiving holidays. Dickerson says the frequency of the pop-ups will depend on how busy the catering operation is. Dates and times will be posted on the restaurant’s Instagram and Facebook pages.

Welton Street Cafe’s catering menu is flexible. While it will be a Welton Street Cafe favorite, customers can request whatever they want for their event. “If you want lasagna, we’ll make lasagna. We got a request for potato salad the other day; we did that,” Dickerson says. “We don’t want our people to think we just left them.” Catering orders can be placed by email at [email protected].

Construction of the new cafe space should be underway soon. Dickerson says that he is waiting for one more permit, which is expected before the end of the year. Construction of the larger restaurant, which will include a full bar and kitchen, should take a minimum of six months. “It’s been hard,” he admits of not having a restaurant where he can see the usual customers.

Regular customers have been sending emails and leaving voicemails, letting the family know they miss the restaurant. Dickerson notes that there are still funds that need to be raised for the full build. “We’re still scaling to secure the rest,” he says, adding that the family is seeking private investors as traditional lending hasn’t been successful.

“We miss our community. I can’t wait until we have a full-service restaurant so we can have fun,” she concludes. “I am happy to have the opportunity to be around people during this season of appreciation.”

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