You may remember the location at the Northwest corner of Downing and Evans as Silver Spruce, Fagans, Smugs, Red’s Express, Boone’s Tavern, The Rosedale, or Atticus. Long before that, the location was a doughnut shop and a bookstore. Now, because apparently eighth time’s a charm, it is Devour The 303.
The 36-year run as Fagans is probably the most memorable time period for many locals and older alumni and featured a mountain rustic decor and fireplace. Fagans was a well-known bar for serving nearly 21-year-old DU students and Fagans also was the first establishment to bring chicken wings to the Denver area. Fagans was sold and converted to Smugs in 2007. And the place has changed hands a number of times since then. From Boone’s Tavern and Atticus to The Rosedale. The Rosedale lasted two and a half years following Fagans, while Atticus stayed open four and a half years next door. Now, the latest iteration, Devour The 303, has opened both spaces.
Devour The 303 remains relatively unchanged inside with standard tavern fare such as hamburgers, patty melts, and fries. There are some surprises with chicken fettuccine, salmon and, of course, salads. The buffalo cauliflower appetizer is very good. The bar is nice with the usual mixed drinks and import, domestic and micro-brews. The service is attentive and the current proprietor seems open to suggestions. Breakfast service may be added in the mornings in the old Atticus space, according to the restaurant manager.
While not radically different from Boone’s Tavern and The Rosedale, Devour The 303 deserves a try as it adds one more solid restaurant/bar option to the University Park neighborhood. It has a relaxed neighborhood vibe but limited parking (look across the street at Safeway as a potentially viable parking alternative) may make this a difficult stop on busy weekend nights.