Inside Central Market, RiNo’s new smorgasbord of deliciousness

Central Market in RiNo opens with a roster that includes Vero Italian, Culture Meat & Cheese, Curio, High Point Creamery and Silva’s Fish Market.

Baked goods from Izzio Artisan Bakery at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
The Local Butcher at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
The Local Butcher at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

There’s a new market in RiNo, and if you live near 2669 Larimer St., it could make your life a lot easier.

Appropriately, it’s called Central Market.

There are a couple small grocers in the area and a King Soopers in LoDo, and The Source is on the other side of the tracks, but if you live in this particular part of the neighborhood, picking up provisions is more than a short walk away. So it made sense that chef and restaurateur Jeff Osaka and developer Ken Wolfe would want to put their market here.

Central Market has just about everything you might want — coffee, fish, meat, cheese, produce, baked goods, ice cream, chocolate, Italian food and cooking provisions, soup, salad, Israeli dishes, a bar and a teeny tiny bodega.

It’s a lot. Pace yourself.

It’s a gourmet market, so the prices are a little on the gourmet side, but only barely. Here’s a sampling:

  • A pizza from Vero Italian costs $10-$14.
  • A small meat and cheese board from Culture Meat & Cheese costs $15.
  • A cocktail at Curio costs $8-$10.
  • A beer costs $4-$7.
  • A pint of ice cream from High Point Creamery costs $8.95.
  • A half-dozen oysters at Silva’s Fish Market costs $16.

Central Market opens to the public on Sunday, Sept. 25.

Curio

Curio at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Curio at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

You can sit at the bar or at one of the communal high-top tables and enjoy your drink, or you can take it with you while you shop the rest of the market.

Curio has six standard cocktails, five signatures cocktails (one is called Fumblefork Fancypants and contains passion fruit pearls!), a good beer and wine selection, pairings of 10-ounce beers and shots and four non-alcoholic cocktails.

TJ Vong, bar lead at Curio, pours a drink at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
TJ Vong, bar lead at Curio, pours a drink at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

Izzio Artisan Bakery

Baked goods from Izzio Artisan Bakery at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Baked goods from Izzio Artisan Bakery at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

Izzio (formerly known as Udi’s) is part bakery, part restaurant. In addition to the handmade breads and pastries from head pastry chef Jason LeBeau, executive chef Robin Bar-on is making dishes like shashuka — North African braised tomato sauce, poached eggs, challah bread and chorizo.

This will be the first year-round retail Izzio location.

Robin (last name?), head chef at Izzio at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Robin Bar-on, executive chef at Izzio at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

High Point Creamery

Chad Stutz and Erika Thomas, husband and wife and owners, at High Point Creamery at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Chad Stutz and Erika Thomas, husband and wife and owners, at High Point Creamery at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

Among the variety of sweet and creamy treats Erika Thomas and Chad Stutz will be serving at their second High Point Creamery location are Brooklyn egg creams, bombes, vegan ice cream, ice cream flights and sodas made with small-batch syrups.

Ice cream selection from High Point Creamery at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Ice cream selection from High Point Creamery at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

Temper Chocolates

Jon Robbins and Paxton Gross with Temper Chocolates at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Jon Robbins and Paxton Gross with Temper Chocolates at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

Chef Jon Robbins is making his first foray into chocolates with Temper. The shop will offer treats from chocolatiers from across America and Europe, as well as Temper’s own in-house chocolatier.

Crema Bodega

Crema Bodega at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Crema Bodega at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

Part coffee shop, part bodega. The owners saw a need for a bodega in the neighborhood and decided to fill it. In addition to cold brews, cappuccinos and the like, you’ll be able to pick up milk, eggs, butter, yogurt, bulk coffee, coffee brewing equipment, magazines and bike tubes, among other things.

The Local Butcher

The Local Butcher at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
The Local Butcher at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

The Local Butcher will have beef, pork, poultry, lamb, bison and house-made sausages, plus Italian meatball and pulled beef sandwiches with rotating soup options.

The meat will be locally sourced as much as possible, and the staff will put an emphasis teaching customers about whole animal butchery.

Silva’s Fish Market

Silva's Fish Market in Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Silva’s Fish Market in Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

Silva’s, on the other hand, won’t be so locally focused, it being hard to do that with seafood in a landlocked state. Sushi Sasa’s Jesus Silva and Jeff Osaka will be offering salmon, tuna, halibut, clams, lobster, mussels and more. Sit down at the bar (bring your drink with you!) and have the ceviches, oysters on the half-shell and fresh fried tostadas. Or take it all to go. Choose your own seafood adventure.

Michael Burbage at Silva's Fish Market in Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Michael Burbage at Silva’s Fish Market in Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

Vero Italian

Vero Italian at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Vero Italian at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

Headed up by Il Posto’s Andrea Frizzi, Vero serves pasta dishes and food-fired pizza, but it also acts as a mini-Italian grocer, with uncooked pasta, giardeniera, sauces, olive oil and much more.

Vero Italian at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Vero Italian at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

SK Provisions

SK Provisions at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
SK Provisions at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

SK Provisions boasts two antique rotisserie ovens for slow-roasting poultry, pork and beef. They’ll also serve a selection of sides, soups and salads.

Chicken and potatoes from SK Provisions at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Chicken and potatoes from SK Provisions at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

Culture Meat & Cheese

Culture Meat + Cheese at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Culture Meat + Cheese at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

For this sushi-style meat-and-cheese bar, Chef Justin Brunson fis bringing in charcuteries from Old Major and other places across Colorado, the country and the world. You can buy cheese and charcuterie to take home in bulk or on pre-prepared boards. The menu also includes sandwiches, farm toasts and a bowl of granola, yogurt, honey and fruit preserves.

They also have something called a meat cone.

Meat cone courtesy of Culture Meat & Cheese at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Meat cone courtesy of Culture Meat & Cheese at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

Green Seed

Green Seed produce at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Green Seed produce at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

Green Seed is sort of a produce shop and sort of a restaurant. They describe it best themselves: “Our food showcases our produce and helps customers shop for meals they can prepare at home.” So if you need a morning juice in RiNo, for one thing, this is your stop.

Green Seed produce at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Green Seed produce at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers dining and nightlife, and other odds and ends. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes her bourbon straight and has strong opinions about Kanye West. She can be reached at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.