Yard House officials signed a 10-year lease Wednesday on the former Bravo restaurant space, which has roughly 10,442 square feet inside and 743 square feet of patio space outside on the 16th Street Mall.
Each Yard House location features a transparent keg room containing more than 600 barrels, some 1,000 gallons of beer, and an endless fleet of tap handles, up to 250 depending on the location, according to the company’s website.
The menu offers a selection of appetizers such as its Onion Ring Tower — beer battered, dusted with parmesan, served with chipotle and ranch dipping sauces — along with a variety salads, pastas, sandwiches, individual-size pizzas, seafood, steaks, ribs and chops.
And, of course, there are the beer selections, which span the globe. The Yard House takes its name from a 3-foot tall glass originally designed in England to hand to stagecoach drivers back in the day when travel by horse-drawn carriage was common.
Yard House founder Steele Platt is a 1982 graduate of the University of Denver with a business administration degree majoring in hotel and restaurant management. He launched several concepts in the Denver before moving to southern California in the early 1990s. One of his Denver restaurants, The Boiler Room, became the blueprint for his Yard House concept. He eventually sold The Boiler Room. He opened the first Yard House in 1996 in Los Angeles County.
The Yard House currently has one Colorado location at Colorado Mills in Lakewood. The downtown Yard House is slated to open in October.