Not much changes in the city of Northglenn. Completely surrounded on all sides by other cities, there is not much room for expansion so restaurant selection has stayed the same for a number of years. Yet an urban renewal project almost ten years in the making — the Webster Lake Promenade — is finally bringing something new to Northglenn and its restaurant scene.
In 2004, the property at the southeast corner of I-25 and 120th avenue was purchased by the city and the Northglenn Urban Renewal Authority for redevelopment. Over past years the property has been made ready for new building by demolitions of the former buildings along 120th and Grant Street. Finally, new building began this past July. When the promenade is completed it will have about 47,000 square feet of restaurant and retail commercial space. “The vision was to create a vibrant commercial center for the city, and we are now making this a reality,” said Mayor Downing at the groundbreaking.
According to Hawkins Development, one of the partners in the project, the promenade will bring 200 new jobs to Northglenn.
“It will revitalize that area. We need the jobs and new construction in Northglenn, but it will also provide quality restaurants and services for the residents, businesses and visitors,” said Downing.
Many national food and restaurant chains have already committed to filling up spots at the new Promenade including: Longhorn SteakHouse, Jim ‘N Nicks Bar-B-Q, Panera Bread, Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, Café Rio Mexican Grill, Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe, Jimmy John’s, and Jamba Juice.
The first restaurant, Longhorn SteakHouse, a national chain, opened its doors on March 31st. Northglenn residents are clearly excited to have new restaurant choices. Nearly two weeks after the opening Longhorn is still packed. You can expect a 40 minute wait for a table, even at 7 pm on a Thursday, which is completely unusual for Northglenn. Clearly, this project will bring some much needed variety to Northglenn’s restaurant selection.
“This redevelopment project has been a long time coming, but well worth the wait,” said Rosie Garner, Northglenn Urban Renewal Authority chair.