Top 5 picks: Patio season arrives in Colorado’s Grand Valley
There are dozens of patios folks frequent in the warm months, and these are several not to miss.
HOT TOMATO PIZZERIA
124 N. Mulberry St., Fruita
KANNAH CREEK BREWING COMPANY
1960 N. 12th St., Grand Junction
905 Struthers Ave., Grand Junction
356 Main St., Grand Junction
2531 N 12th St., Grand Junction
759 Horizon Dr., Grand Junction
ENZO’S PIZZERIA AND ITALIAN CAFE
759 Horizon Dr., Grand Junction
THE WINERY RESTAURANT
642 Main St., Grand Junction
319 Main St., Grand Junction
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Grand Valley’s patio season has finally arrived. Whether you’re sipping a cool brew or munching a meal, Mesa County offers a variety of restaurants featuring outdoor seating. Try these five locations and continue to explore.
BIN 707 FOODBAR
As one of Grand Junction’s favorite local restaurants, Bin 707 Foodbar offers an expansive off-street patio. It is located at 225 N. Fifth St., in Grand Junction. Bin 707 specializes in serving locally and Colorado-sourced food and drinks.
The patio is “private with lights and music,” said Josh Niernberg, Bin 707’s executive chef/owner.
Niernberg also suggests that guests enjoy a seasonal drink with local fruit, including the Margaret’s Special for $8.
The restaurant, including the patio, is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
For more information, visit http://www.bin707.com.
Downtown Grand Junction’s newest restaurant and bar, The Local, offers a south-facing patio perfect for catching the sun’s rays. It is located at 336 Main St.
“We are on the ‘right’ side of the street,” said Kristin Mercer, The Local’s co-owner. “We also have huge, mature trees so we get the best of both worlds.”
The Local offers live music on the patio using “state-of-the-art audio equipment,” Mercer added.
Plus, there is plenty of room for guests to spread out and people watch.
“We are really looking forward to the bike races,” Mercer said.
The patio is open all day, too — perfect for Saturday morning breakfast (with a mimosa or Bloody Mary), a downtown lunch break, a date night dinner (with a glass of local wine) or late-night fun (try the espresso martini).
The Local is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 a.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 a.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
For more information, find The Local on Facebook.
PEACH STREET DISTILLERS
After sipping wine in Palisade, visitors are encouraged to finish the night at Grand Valley’s only distillery — Peach Street Distillers, located at 144 Kluge Ave.
“Our patio has a wonderful fire pit,” said Rachel Clark, Peach Street’s tasting room manager. “It is just perfect for these chilly spring nights. We also have an outstanding terrace with our hops growing in such a way it makes a lovely canopy.”
Try the Pho-jitos for $7, fresh juice margaritas (regular, strawberry or jalapeno) for $8-9, or an iced tea-infused vodka.
Peach Street’s large patio is open during regular business hours. It is open Monday through Thursday, noon to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to midnight; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
For more information, visit http://www.peachstreetdistillers.com.
Not just a coffee joint, Roasted is true hangout where folks can enjoy the sun on its south-facing patio. It is located at the corner of Colorado Avenue and Fifth Street in downtown Grand Junction.
“There’s not a bad time to hang out on the patio,” said Greg Indivero, Roasted’s co-owner. “Even in the winter people enjoy it with the sun shining all day long.”
The patio is open all year. It features a large area with plenty of seating for large groups or individuals. In the summer, it features misters as a way to beat the heat.
“We have embodied the downtown community experience, and we made it comfortable for people to enjoy for many hours,” Indivero said.
Try a natural fruit smooth with a blend of mango, strawberry or blueberry for $3.50-$5, or the Roasted Iced Rocket Fuel, which ranges from $3.25-$4.50.
Roasted has a Happy Hour every day between 2-4 p.m., which includes half-price drinks.
The shop is open Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information, visit http://www.roastedespresso.com.
Cafe Sol — located at 420 Main St., in downtown Grand Junction — offers fresh soups, sandwiches, salads, paninis and smoothies. They receive food from local farms like Field to Fork CSA and Blaine’s Tomatoes. It also offers a sunny, south-facing area for outside diners.
“The best time to enjoy the patio is lunchtime with an ice-cold Easy Street Wheat or Palisade Brewery Dirty Hippie,” owner Nick Santos said.
The restaurant and patio are open Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and Thursday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information, visit http://www.cafesolgj.com.
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