Today's tasty rumor
Coltivare owners scoop up neighboring space for intriguing new concept
By any measure, Agricole Hospitality just completed an ambitious 2018. The Heights-based restaurant group behind Coltivare, Eight Row Flint, and Revival Market more than doubled in size by adding Night Heron in Montrose and three new concepts in EaDo: pizza by-the-slice joint Vinny's; comfort food restaurant Indianola; and cocktail bar Miss Carousel.
Still, owners Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber already appear to be planning their next move. The company has leased the former Blue Line Bike Lab space next to Coltivare for a new project, a representative confirms.
Currently, the company isn't revealing any details about its plans for the space. For now, the only manifestation of the acquisition is that Coltivare diners may now use the parking lot. Still, given the group's track record of success, the prospect of something new is highly intriguing.
As Coltivare celebrates its five-year anniversary this month, the Italian-inspired concept remains one of the city's most-acclaimed restaurants thanks to its innovative use of local ingredients, creative cocktails, and top-notch service. A sister concept, even if it's primarily a bar that serves as an extended waiting area and after-dinner spot (as an example of one possibility), would be a welcome companion.
The coming year looks to be a busy one for The Heights. Bobby Heugel and Justin Yu have plans to follow up their success at Better Luck Tomorrow with a new restaurant in the former Southern Goods space. Braun Enterprise's Heights Waterworks development will bring new locations of Hopdoddy, Common Bond, Jinya Ramen, and a brick-and-mortar home for the Verdine food truck. Savoir, a wine-fueled restaurant from Brian Doke (Tiny Boxwoods) and chef Micah Rideout (Tarakaan, Reef), will open in the next few weeks.