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There's a new place with a view on Littleton Main Street.ViewHouse Littleton, the third and smallest iteration of the high-concept sports bar with locations in Centennial and Denver's Ballpark neighborhood, opened last week to much fanfare at Main and Rapp streets.Featuring a “chef-driven” menu and a slew of craft cocktails, ViewHouse joins the ranks of Tavern Littleton, Smokin' Fins and The Alley in remaking the face of Littleton's Main Street.“Littleton's in a big transition,” said Greg Reinke, president of the Historic Downtown Littleton Merchants Association. “Up until 10 years ago, we had the same bars (for about) 50 or 60 years. Now we have stuff for everybody.”ViewHouse occupies the Bussard Motor Co. building at 2680 W. Main St. and added a second story to the 1929 structure to achieve the eponymous view. The 10,000-square-foot restaurant features seating for 340, a 160-inch LED TV and dozens of other flatscreens scattered throughout.The menu features about 40 local taps and beers, 30 craft cocktails and a menu with signature dishes like blue crab enchiladas and slow-roasted brisket. Unique to the Littleton location is a weekend breakfast menu.Free valet parking is available after 3 p.m. every day, and ViewHouse leased a parking lot south of the building across Alamo Avenue.Littleton fits ViewHouse just fine, said marketing director Jennifer Ruppert.“We're bringing this concept to Littleton because it aligns perfectly with our brand,” Ruppert said. “It's a historic, charming street. We worked to maintain the structure and interior, while putting our own ViewHouse twist on it.”But in the eyes of some local residents, ViewHouse may not suit Littleton. A story on ViewHouse's grand opening, posted to the Littleton Independent's Facebook page, drew largely negative feedback.“Sorry, but this feels like the death knell for our sweet little downtown,” Lynne Rerucha wrote in her post.“I'm saddened that it's not all mom and pop shops/restaurants anymore,” Cheryl Dickinson posted.“No more sweet Littleton,” Tori Handley's post said. “I'm boycotting.”The new feel of Main Street has its upsides, said Mark Antonation, Westword's Food & Drink editor.“It makes for a good bar crawl,” Antonation said as he sipped an Old Fashioned at ViewHouse's press preview. “I like it — I can get ice cream made in-house, good Vietnamese, and a little farther down the block, you can visit one of the original Taco Houses.”Littleton Main Street isn't quite on the radar of Denver's foodie scene just yet, said Callie Sumlin, associate food editor at 5280 magazine, but it's getting closer.“It's not most Denverites' most expected place to go, but I think it's incredibly charming,” Sumlin said. “I love the downtown strip there. It pretty consistently attracts a lot of people. It's super cute. I love Inside Scoop Creamery.”It's thrilling to be in an up-and-coming spot, said ViewHouse executive chef Jose Guerrero.“I'm excited to see how we're going to develop our brand in such a small town,” Guerrero said. “Everybody here is so `We Are The World' and I love that about Littleton. I'm excited to say 'scoot over, red rover, send the next business right over.'”
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