Dead Battery Club invites you to unplug on Platte Street

From the minds behind Carbon Café and Habit Doughnut Dispensary comes a more upscale café in the WeWork building.

Lisa Ruskaup, founder and operating partner of the Dead Battery Club in her new Platte Street location, April 26, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Lisa Ruskaup, founder and operating partner of the Dead Battery Club in her new Platte Street location, April 26, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty; food; bars; nightlife; highland;
Lisa Ruskaup, founder and operating partner of the Dead Battery Club in her new Platte Street location, April 26, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Platte Street’s dining and imbibing options grow by one today with the opening of Dead Battery Club, where you might go to — ahem — recharge.

But seriously. The idea behind the new restaurant is that unlike the more casual coffee shops, lunch spots and breweries along the strip, this is not the kind of place where you’ll have your laptop out.

Actually, the name’s origin is slightly more complicated than that. When the owners of the WeWork building where Dead Battery Club lives asked Lisa Ruskaup, founder of Platte Street’s Carbon Café & Bar and Habit Doughnut Dispensary, to come up with something for the space, they were all looking for something with the same soul as Carbon without being in direct competition with it. Or, as Ruskaup put it, “powered by Carbon.”

We (Don't) Work, Scotch, lemon, hibiscus flower syrup, soda and a lemon twist. Dead Battery Club on Platte Street, April 26, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty; food; bars; nightlife; highland;
We (Don’t) Work, Scotch, lemon, hibiscus flower syrup, soda and a lemon twist. Dead Battery Club on Platte Street, April 26, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

“It’s a little elevated. We want you to not always be here with your laptop,” Ruskaup said. “So I was one day thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, it could be like you come when your battery is dead.’ And then I was like, ‘It should be the Dead Battery Club.'”

So in went the velvety, jewel-toned benches and chairs, along with polished wood tables and the first pieces of an art piece made up of old electronics.

As for the menu — turned out from a small kitchen led by chef Scott Parker of Carbon, Habit and Table 6 — it’s big on Mediterranean flavors and appeals to diners looking for either healthy or hearty. Charred citrus herb chicken breast? Yep. A smoked brisket sandwich with cream cheese and jalapeño honey? Also yep.

Charred Citrus Herb Chicken Breast is cooked under a hand-held blowtorch at Dead Battery Club on Platte Street, April 26, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty; food; bars; nightlife; highland;
Charred Citrus Herb Chicken Breast is cooked under a hand-held blowtorch at Dead Battery Club on Platte Street, April 26, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Same goes for beverages, which include juice shots, coffee, beer, a fairly extensive wine list and a classic cocktail menu in addition to specialties like the We (don’t) Work (scotch, lemon, hibiscus flower syrup, soda, lemon twist).

“It’s a complement to our group … [Carbon is] a bit heavier, more robust, larger portions,” Ruskaup said. “This is definitely a Mediterranean-inspired, small plate style. We don’t have a traditional kitchen here. We have basically a tiny kitchen, like a tiny house, no hood, so the magic that’s coming from there is pretty special.”

7X Tuna at Dead Battery Club on Platte Street, April 26, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty; food; bars; nightlife; highland;
7X Tuna at Dead Battery Club on Platte Street, April 26, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The Dead Battery Club will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 7 a.m. to midnight Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Oh, and if you happen to have some obsolete electronics lying around, they’ll take them for their wall, thanks.

A latte on the bar at the Dead Battery Club on Platte Street, April 26, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty; food; bars; nightlife; highland;
A latte at the Dead Battery Club on Platte Street, April 26, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean is the assistant editor and culture reporter for Denverite. 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 bourbon straight and dreams of someday holding the title of Nightlife Mayor. Find her at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.